Listening to radio this morning on way to work & heard an interview with child psychologist Evelyn Field, who runs website www.bullying.com.au The topic was on banning footy cards at primary schools, and aspect of bullying happening between younger and older kids. A couple of lines in the interview stood out. We’ve got to teach children how to become emotionally and socially resilient, and it’s the role of the school and parents to teach their children how to deal with encounters of a stressful kind.
What a great line, and how appropriate to life and work. How to know when to stick up for yourself, how to know when to give in, how to know when to negotiate. Libraries and librarians are often mentioned and cited as being in one of the least stressful jobs and least stressful environments, however, talk to your librarian colleagues, scratch the surface and you will find encounters of the stressful kind. Expectations, deadlines, internet issues, computer issues, troubleshooting, mixed messages, user expectations, customer service reactions and interactions, workplace bullying, weird work colleagues, the list goes on and on.
The same advice to all workers rings true, as per the child psychologists advise to the children to know when to stick up for yourself, how to know when to give in, how to know when to negotiate.