Supervisor Newsletter - January 2019

Do You Feel Unprepared for Your Role?

If you’ve had a rapid rise in your career, you may be worried that others don’t think you are qualified for your job. Anxiety of this type can sometimes be call imposter syndrome. For more information about this and other management issues, check out the latest PAS Supervisor Newsletter.

I have moved up rapidly in my career and fear that I am not prepared for so much responsibility so quickly. I should be, but it does not feel that way. My big worry is being at a meeting and senior management suddenly realizing I am not qualified for this job!

Your fears may be normal in the face of a rapid rise in your career. Many people with fears similar to yours have discovered nothing came of them despite the anxiety they often felt. The collection of symptoms you describe is sometimes called "impostor syndrome." Don't panic. Talk to PAS, and allow professionals there to guide you in gaining relief. Be prepared to share more about your concerns, career path, supervisor relationship, and specific fears. Impostor syndrome is an internal sense of fear, not based on reality. The impostor syndrome can be exacerbated by a difficult relationship with the boss or peers, or by a true shortage of skills, but rarely by the inability to perform the job or rapidly learn it.

My employee relapsed New Year's eve. He was abstinent from alcohol use for eight years after almost getting fired. His work performance is outstanding. The word is that he is "back on his recovery program." Should I leave this alone or talk to him?

Meet with your employee. You already have a history of referral to PAS and post-treatment management of his performance. Of course, you will not be able to determine the accuracy of anything he says regarding reestablishing an effective recovery program, or even regarding his abstinence. Only a professional can do that. However, you can recommend strongly that he visit PAS as a self-referral so the program can help him reestablish such an effort. Relapses happen. They are nothing to panic about, but the sooner you have a discussion like the one you will hopefully have, the faster he will join the recovery program and the more successful he will be at sticking with i