Why am I here? What is the purpose of my job? Dealing with questions like that is not easy and yet, you might be required to pacify a team member who’s having an existential crisis.
But now and then, there comes a phase where it all starts to look meaningless. And if you’re in the position of a leader or c team manager, you might l very well encounter team e members who seem to have lost their sense of direction at work. l The dictionary defines an existential crisis as ‘a moment at which an individual questions the very oundations of their life: whether their life has any meaning, purpose or value’. It might be a modern malady , but when it strikes at work, it an lead to significantly owered performance and ven depression if left unchecked. “The first thing I do in such cases is to isten to them. I allow them to sit freely and talk in detail narrating the whole story from start to finish. Often, the solutions come from their wn mind. With a little wn mind. With a little oral support, they come ut with their own solution.very problem has a olution. But, it is very mportant to find out the oot cause first,“ says ebasis Chatterji, CEO, etxcell Ltd.
Sometimes, a articularly life-changing vent can trigger an xistential crisis and lead to diminished enthusiasm at work. Rather than hastening to draw up a performance improvement plan, sit down and take some time out to talk to the person and identify the source of their dissatisfaction. It could be that the organisation needs to shake up things to remove a sense of stagnancy , or the feeling could stem from changes in the person’s personal life.Chatterji narrates an experience he went through, “ Around two years ago, we had a project to execute at a very short notice. The project leader was a well-qualified person and he had successfully delivered many such projects with zero error in the past. But in this particular project, he could not deliver properly at the POC (proof of concept) stage due to which he was terribly sad and went into depression thinking that he had lost his technical prowess. After a lot of investigations, we came to know that the project did not go through the full cycle of testing due to lack of time. So, bugs were not properly detected before it went into the production stage. Theoretically , it sounds quite simple that it was not the engineer’s fault.But for a registered winner, it was very difficult to make him understand that as he was under the impression that we were just pacifying him. It took us lots of time to convince him.“
It’s all right to feel disoriented at times. What matters is that you quickly regain perspective and appreciation for your life and career.
Source: Times of India 13th Jan’2016