An estimated twenty million Americans are staying in jobs they hate in order to keep their health insurance, while research indicates that job stress will ensure they use it. We can’t all quit our jobs, so how do we cope? Barbara Reinhold offers some excellent solutions for managing stress and taking more control in your life. The days are gone when “IBM used to send a van to Harvard, pick up half the senior class, take them off, hold them captive for twenty-five years and then give them a gold watch.” The “career track” has been replaced by the “career trampoline,” and we need to change and grow as the world changes around us.
Reinhold is a director of the Career Development Office, adjunct associate professor of psychology at Smith College and the author of Toxic Work: How To Overcome Stress, Overload and Burnout and Revitalize Your Career (Dutton 1997).
Topics Explored in this Dialogue:
- How to recognize your body’s first alert signals that your job is becoming toxic
- How to manage stress, anger and the feeling of being out of control at work
- How to revitalize your career and design a nontoxic life
- Why so many people are unhappy in their work
- Essential strategies for keeping toxicity at bay
- The VITAL formula: five antidotes to toxic work
- How to help your children’s lives by doing work you love
- How the need for meaningful work increases with age
- What you can do about the “god of greed” and “brain drain” in corporate America
Program Number: 2667 Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 10/14/1997