Today I received a mail from a friend of mine who asked me if I could ask my network for help with a question. Here is his question. If you have any solution-focused advice (or other) for him, please let us know.
Dear fellow consultants and coaches,
I'd like to consult with you on the following case. My question is: What is the best advice to give to these women? Today I met two women who work as psychologists in an institution for people with mental and physic disabilities. They have an enormous caseload. Both of them have 300+ clients in their portfolio. Not all patients need permanent care, but the work is very demanding. There is permanent stress. One woman works here for 3 years (she is currently 27) and the other 10 years (she is currently 34). Both of them choose this career for the love of helping clients, providing care. Slowly, but gradually, the feel trapped in the red tape. All the fun of their jobs is squeezed out of them, because of the endless paperwork, with no end in sight. The problem is not uncommon in healthcare, so quitting their job sounds good, but doesn't help. The stress is taking it toll. Work that isn't finished is done in the weekends. I'm under the impression that they are starting to burn up. Now, I'm no career coach. But these women are in desperate need of help. Would anyone care to share some thoughts?