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Workplace Issues

Workplace issues encompass a broad spectrum of challenges that we may encounter in our professional environments. These issues can range from navigating work-life balance and managing difficult relationships with colleagues or supervisors to coping with unexpected job loss or facing discrimination based on gender, race, sexual orientation, or age.

A psychologist can provide valuable support by offering us a safe space to explore and address these challenges. They can assist us in developing effective coping strategies, improving communication skills, and fostering resilience in the face of workplace stressors. 

Our psychologist, Colin Longworth, has worked in various workplaces over his career. His early days were spent in clothing factories (cutting out shirts and pyjamas), office jobs in the Federal and State public service, and not-for-profit and community-based organisations.  He also worked in a Prison Farm Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) and separate Domestic Violence group settings.

Over the years, Colin has assisted clients from diverse occupational backgrounds, ranging from menial and labour-intensive jobs (like “FIFO Worker” and “Tradies,” as discussed in his article here) to individuals in senior technical or professional roles.

This breadth of experience enables Colin to understand and address workplace issues effectively, regardless of the industry or role. 

We understand the complex dynamics of modern workplaces and offer support for issues such as: 

  • Work-Life Balance: Balancing work responsibilities with personal life, especially challenging for FIFO workers in Perth. 
  • Difficult Relationships: Managing conflicts or strained relationships with colleagues or superiors, a common concern in workplace settings. 
  • Unemployment and Underemployment: Providing guidance during expected or unexpected job loss or insufficient work opportunities, crucial for FIFO workers. 
  • Dealing with Workplace Bullying: Addressing issues related to workplace bullying or discrimination, including FIFO-related challenges. 

For FIFO workers, we provide tailored support to address the unique challenges associated with fly-in fly-out work arrangements. Our psychologist understands the specific stressors and lifestyle impacts of FIFO work, offering practical strategies and coping mechanisms. 

At HPCCH, we are committed to empowering individuals to thrive in their workplaces, providing targeted support for FIFO workers and addressing workplace bullying and discrimination effectively.

Book Referrals: Recommended reads such as “Emotional Intelligence” by Daniel Goleman or “The Asshole Survival Guide” by Robert I. Sutton, empowering individuals to navigate workplace difficulties. Here’s the current list: 

  • Difficult personalities : a practical guide to managing the hurtful behaviour of others (and maybe your own!) / Helen McGrath and Hazel Edwards
  • Enough about you, let’s talk about me : how to recognize and manage the narcissists in your life – Les Carter
  • Emotional Intelligence: Why it Can Matter More Than IQ – Daniel Goleman
  • Fathering from the fast lane: Practical ideas for busy dads – Bruce Robinson
  • Hamlet’s Blackberry: A Practical Philosophy for building a Good Life in the Digital Age – William Powers
  • The asshole survival guide : how to deal with people who treat you like dirt / Robert I. Sutton
  • The no asshole rule [building a civilized workplace and surviving one that isn’t] / Robert I. Sutton

Handout: Books about dealing with difficult people, workplace bullies, narcissists, or other difficult situations.

External Resources: Guidance on accessing support services like the Australian Human Rights Commission or WA Equal Opportunity Commission, valuable for workers dealing with workplace discrimination. 

I may also refer clients to websites like: