Inside Higher Ed
October 1st, 2014
Sometimes we are overwhelmed. The forces of life converge, place us
in a bind, and restrict our ability to do our jobs. We’ve all watched it
happen to a friend or colleague. Perhaps many of us have experienced it
for ourselves. In these moments, our work life can become secondary,
and probably should become secondary in many cases.
We need, during these moments, to ask for help.
It can be very uncomfortable to have to tell one’s colleagues about a
personal, professional, or health problem that is or might affect your
ability to do your job. I have found, though — both as someone who has
had to ask for help and as someone sometimes asked by others for help —
that our colleagues are most often empathetic to our plights and willing
to help pick up short-term slack.