Stress and the impact it has on our work
Recently Professor Peter Jordan, Deputy Director, Centre for Work Organisation and Wellbeing, spoke at the Patrons lunch for the Industrial Relations Society of Queensland.
Peter discussed stress and the impact it has on what we do in our work and vice versa. He particularly focussed on the stress that industrial negotiations and other high-pressure tasks can have on our health and wellbeing as well as our performance in these situations and the outcomes that are achieved as a result. He also discussed the importance of emotional intelligence in identifying when we (and others) are feeling stress, and developing ways to manage stressful situations and increase overall resilience.
Feedback from the audience was that they thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and were particularly appreciative of an opportunity to hear from a speaker focusing on issues that are important to their own health and wellbeing – something that many of us do not take the time to do.
Five Minutes with Manpreet Kaur Kharbarh
Manpreet recently completed a Bachelor of Business (majoring in Human Resources Management). Whilst studying at Griffith she was the Student Representative on the IRSQ Management Committee and is now working at Boeing Australia.
Who are the people who have influenced your career decisions?
My mother instilled in me the importance of hard work. She is my Wonder Woman. I have often drawn my strength, resilience and motivation from her in never sticking to your comfort zone but always aiming to improve and achieve even towards goals that seem impossible. When you work hard, you can be proud of your work.
Some of my teachers taught me the value of knowledge and learning and the empowerment that comes from education. I do not doubt I will be a student for life. In my last year of study, I was fortunate enough to participate in many extra- curricular activities at the encouragement of one of my lecturers at uni. These experiences most definitely prepared me best to start my career. The gratitude at having someone believe in me reinforced my resolve to live with similar cause.
Some of my former co-workers taught me the importance of humility, gratitude and compassion. I witnessed the latent capabilities possessed by people disadvantaged by their circumstances. They were the prime reason I chose to aspire to empower those people in my life to the best of my capability, and to continuously improve my capability.
How did you decide on your career path?
After completing grade 12, I had enrolled to study International Tourism and Hotel Management on the basis that I would have liked a job that would take me travelling around the world and meeting different people, experience an array of cultures, traditions, perspectives and more. However two years in, feeling lost and lacking motivation and direction, I decided to take a gap year “to find myself”. By accident or fate, I took a job as a nursery hand on a large propagation plant. That year I decided the most fulfilling career for me would be a role where I could empower people to succeed and better their lives. Especially those disadvantaged by their circumstances. Due to the context of the realisation, I decided a person’s work would be a great avenue to support this. Say yes to the opportunities life offers you and make the most out of them. You will never walk away having learnt nothing from any situation with this mindset.
Who do you admire and why?
I have always been in awe of Maya Angelou. She harnessed her experiences of adversity to advocate love, harmony and equity. I am forever grateful for every person who has touched my life and steered me towards growth. Her quote “Your legacy will be every life you have ever touched” is a value I hope to instil in my life and career.
When you started in your role, what did you set out to achieve and why?
From my role in other student societies, I knew how beneficial societies like IRSQ could be for students in supplementing their education. One of the best things about IRSQ is you get an eclectic mix of professionals from the ER, IR, HR fields from the academia, employer, employee and government agencies all in the same space, attending the event. I was pleased to hear the committee was interested in engaging more students to build better networks across members. It was a cause I felt passionate about and I set out to promote the value of IRSQ to my peers. In the next phase of my career as a young professional, I am part of another organization committee (Young Sikhs Professional Network) that endeavours to connect professionals, offer events that provide attendees with knowledge, perspectives, and connections that can amplify their career success. Societies like these are a great service to our industries in the value created by passionate people who donate their time and effort to make events happen.
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