This is Sallie’s story; if you can relate to her story and need some support, please get in touch.
“I’d been working in a management role for 9 years and was confident, happy and very good at my job but after a company take over I was ‘pushed’ into a role I had never done before. Leading a team dealing with tasks I knew nothing about. I had a newly appointed manager and was expecting training, guidance, advise etc. as you would when entering a brand new role.
Unfortunately, this was not the case and I was given a workload I could only try my best at with no idea where to begin. When it came to my Manager, they simply told me to ‘do it better’, or on many occasions loved to scrawl ‘see me’ in red across a presentation then thrown on my desk. I was constantly told I was not good enough, with no assistance or advise on how to improve. Over time it broke me and I started to suffer quite badly from depression. I changed at work, no longer confident, arriving late, not participating as I should.
This was when Jill stepped in, she noticed I was in a bad way and approached me offering help. We had regular weekly sessions talking about many things, not just work. I benefited hugely from just the first session. I started to believe in myself again and felt my strength and confidence returning.
She was kind, encouraging, critical when needed, but most of all she listened and offered the advice and care I so badly needed.
I took the steps to apply for new jobs as I had two children to support and could not risk not having a job. I landed a terrific management role with an IT company and I absolutely love it. My confidence is back and I feel valued for the work I do.
I know absolutely that without the help Jill gave me I would not have had the nerve to apply, go for interview and land the role I have now.
It was not only the words spoken, it was the fact that Jill had actually noticed that I badly needed help and booked time out of her extremely busy schedule to make time for me. This is something I will never forget and I will never be able to thank Jill enough. Time is an extremely valuable commodity, both for those giving and those receiving it” (Sallie, South Yorkshire)