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How Can You Nurture Sleep Techs With Low Self-Esteem?

Published November 1, 2010 1:29 PM by Amy Reavis

I believe one of the most important parts of management is to help to create future leaders. I don't think that nurturing new leaders puts your job in danger. It actually encourages people in my department to be better techs and to be more satisfied at their jobs. However, techs with low self-esteem can derail this goal.

For whatever reason, they feel people always judge them. They're afraid of making a mistake and what repercussions might happen. They also may be afraid of failing or succeeding. Regardless of the issue, is it is very hard to nurture these people.

I struggle to teach them, because they get defensive when you try to show them something new or to encourage them to attempt something in a different way. What I find truly troublesome is that it takes a great deal more energy to work with these people.

I can honestly say I was there once, and I sincerely apologize to all those who tried to help me grow. I sometimes think maybe this is a bit of payback. I just wish I had a great phrase or quote or something to help these people realize that feedback is not always bad, that they shouldn't second guess every move, and that they're truly great technicians.

Unfortunately, I have learned I need to keep my professional distance as a manager and that all I can do is help those who want to move forward and hope someday these techs with low self-esteem realize how they're holding themselves back.

How do you work with staff with low self-esteem?

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