Counseling skills are essential for leaders


It is true that employee productivity is very important for the success of any business. Yet, personal and professional issues can bog the best of employees down, with the result that they will not be able to perform to their true potential. These issues can range from high stress, psychological problems, substance abuse, legal troubles and other personal issues. The consequences of these factors is that employees’ productivity and energy and focus levels come down with an increase in stress, while the resultant negatives such as absenteeism and healthcare costs escalate.

With the increase in workload and the pace of life and work; there is a corresponding increase in the stress levels and anxiety of the people involved. When this builds up over time, it leads to not only a deleterious effect on the person facing these; all these could someday explode into violence at the workplace or family. Despite the acknowledgment of this fact, workers are reluctant to avail the assistance they need, because of being stereotyped and stigmatized as someone who cannot handle pressure or is mentally ill.

Managers have to recognize the signs

Not understanding the gravity of this problem or trivializing and belittling it is a very negative and cynical way of looking at real problems on the part of management. This is something many employees face at the workplace. Seniors need to equip themselves with the knowledge and skills to recognize the employee who is under pressure and stress and should be able to resolve them before they reach dangerous proportions.

Acquiring basic knowledge of counseling skills can help leaders be more effective in developing individuals to their full potential, while also being able to meet important organizational goals and objectives. This is good for the employees, the managers and the organization, apart of course, from the family of the affected employee.

Training to help in this art

The ways in which managers have to understand how to respond to these situations in an appropriate and proactive manner will be the learning that TrainHR, a very well-known provider of professional trainings for the HR industry, will offer at a webinar.

Aaron Hughey, who is a Professor in the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs at Western Kentucky University, where he oversees the graduate degree program in Student Affairs in Higher Education, will be the speaker at this extremely useful webinar. This webinar has been approved for 1.5 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, PHRca, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi and SPHRi recertification through HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

To gain a complete understanding of how to recognize employees that are in need of counseling, enroll for this webinar session by visiting .

Means to effective leadership

Aaron will offer to the participants of this webinar a greater appreciation for the importance of counseling skills to effective leadership. They will understand how to locate the characteristics of different emotional states, including the basic symptomology associated with depression, anxiety and adjustment disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse, antisocial behavior, and other conditions with diagnostic implications.

More significantly, Aaron will help participants understand ways of recognizing the warning signs of these conditions. He will show them how to make effective referrals, and how to consult meaningfully with mental health professionals and administrators regarding the best course of action for those affected. This will help them become better equipped to help employees develop to their full potential. Directors, Managers, and Supervisors at all levels can use the knowledge gained at this webinar to help all employees maintain a safe, secure and productive work environment.


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