In our three examples above, only the scared supervisor’s problem was internal and could be fixed entirely through guidance and training. The other two have outside forces that affect self-esteem levels.
As an employer, you can’t be a marriage counselor for an employee with a nagging wife or hire a nanny for your busy single mom, but there are things you can offer to help self-esteem levels increase.
Many companies offer wellness or employee counseling and assistance programs. The expense of these benefits far outweighs what you’ll receive in return. Most people with low self-esteem won’t discuss problems or feelings with a co-worker but will do so with an unbiased counselor—or people that can help them get their life back on track and feel the value in life.
The University of Denver offers an employee assistance program (EAP) where employees can receive up to 5 sessions a year to deal with personal problems including family and child issues, grief, career decisions, financial problems, peer pressure from co-workers including workplace bullying, alcohol and drug abuse, general stress, marital problems and even how to be a better manager.
These types of EAP programs can help your workers with low self-esteem more content in life/work situations and in turn, job satisfaction will be increased. Consider starting an EAP—start by calling your employee benefits carrier and see if they can help you set one up.
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