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Resolve Your Nightmares with our Courses

Introduction

Believe it or not, your sleep can impact your short and long-term career in more ways than you can imagine.

Are your dreams more like nightmares?

Work-life balance is easier said than done these days with smartphones and 24/7 connectivity, but when work starts to infiltrate the one area of your life you thought it couldn’t – your dreams, then some action is required.

Work-related dreams can manifest themselves in many ways.  Some of the most common dreams are:

  • being fired (or having to fire someone)
  • losing important files
  • turning up to work naked
  • running late for work
  • having an affair with a colleague
  • equipment breaking
  • cannot find the office or the bathroom
  • being unprepared for something important, such as a meeting or presentation

If you find that you can’t escape from the office, PowerPoint presentations, vendor invoices, and other trappings of your working life even when you’re in the depths of sleep, it may mean that you are overwhelmed by work, be it volume or complexity, but a ‘good’ dream may indicate that you have accomplished something that gives you a sense of professional pride.  You’re not alone — 80 percent of women and 60 percent of men report that they regularly dream about work.  Unfortunately, very few of those dreams are about how wonderful it is to have that job, it is more likely that work-related dreams are linked to job stress.

The shared theme in most work-related dreams is an element of anxiety.  It may be possible that the dream or nightmare is one way of helping to prepare you better for dealing with the real-life scenario that you may face at work.  It may be creative rather than destructive and lead you to deciding that there is a real need to address the situations presented.

Have you taken our survey?  In the survey we asked a number of questions that relate to your nightmares at work and we would love to hear from you as to how we can help you to resolve them.

Interpretation

Although there is no positive evidence that work-related dreams actually do stem from what’s happening in your office, there may be an underlying story of the dream that does relate in some way to the work situation.

  • being fired (or having to fire someone)
    a relationship, team or scenario that you may be asked to leave or even forced to exit
  • losing important files
    need to manage your time and resources better
  • turning up to work naked
    fear of being judged, shamed or exposed in an environment or to people you are familiar with, perhaps something you did that you know you could have done better or not feeling prepared or qualified for a new role or task
  • running late for work
    a missed opportunity playing on your mind either in the current job or a new career opportunity
  • having an affair with a colleague
    this may be just a hint that you need to find a better, more productive way of working with this colleague
  • equipment breaking
    this may relate to having to resolve a particular problem, a showstopper, or a communication breakdown
  • cannot find the office or the bathroom
    you are feeling unfulfilled in your role and seeking something extra, your needs are not being met and/or you are having trouble expressing what you need or where you want to go in your career
  • being unprepared for something important, such as a meeting or presentation
    lack of confidence or nerves about a major event coming up

 

Nightmare Scenarios

You may have one or more people who are the ‘go to’ experts or the Super Users, the ones who try to help everyone else with their queries and tasks.  Every office has one, but are they the only one?  Would it be better to have experts in a specific field of knowledge or tasks?  If you have this structure, are they still overloaded?  Do they share their knowledge or retain it to maintain a form of self-importance?

Why do they go to the experts or Super Users?

  • The experts or Super Users give a quick answer or solution based on experience and knowledge of the way things work in your office.
  • It is easier than researching documentation to find the solution themselves.
  • The expert may do the job for them and save them time.

How does this affect the expert or Super User?

  • Work overload
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Lack of support
  • Lack of skill in certain areas

What can you do to help?

  • Set time aside to train up another to assist
  • Make self-help more of a culture
  • Facilitate ease of finding alternate sources of help, eg documentation
  • Support and recognise the worth of the expert or Super User
  • Enable greater co-working or buddying to cover in times of sickness or holidays
  • Share the knowledge!

Share the knowledge

We want to help you to skill up your colleagues to share their expertise.  We provide the following courses that may get you on your way to the dream office.

Training Skills for Better Performance

Effective Communication

Planning a Super User Network

Implementing Learning Programmes

Follow the links above or see our Courses page for further details of other courses that we offer.

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