Workplace PTSD

 (Posted by Cathy DuBois) In this next Blog of the series on our search for living in a more conscious way, I uncover more of the new agenda being pawned off on workers that, if allowed, will not only cause deep trauma but many other problems that have “unintended consequences.” Please read my prior Blogs to catch-up with this timely and fascinating discussion.  Since becoming more conscious means that we are noticing how we live, who we can trust, and how we have been effected by our choices, we need to understand this topic more deeply, because if you cannot identify a problem you have no hope of solving it. 

   In a recent article “5 Ways to Promote Work Life Integration Among Your Employees” written by Staci Shepherd  for Employers and Managers, I found many reasons to be wary of the hidden agenda. Read my Blog #10 in this series for her introduction and article link.  Her next point is as follows: 

    3.  Be Creative In Shifts and Hours

    Ms. Shepherd advises her audience (Employers and Managers) how to make Integration work on a more practical basis.  This has been written about earlier and is at the very heart of her argument. It contains some double-speak and is wrapped around working people all you can while at the same time checking in with them, getting their schedule to be flexible and integrate, integrate, integrate. 

    She acknowledges that work schedules must be flexible so there can be that mix of work and life. Ask workers what they want to do and when they want to do it.  Go to school during the day, then be ready to work at night, etc. Sounds fair enough so far.  Set up “Planned Work-Life Integration Schedules” for the entire workforce if you want to work that hard.  If not, then set up several and assign people to the ones most fitting their needs. As people’s lives change you just assign them to a different group. 

     Bill Gates and Harvard Studies have found that “flexible work arrangements are the best perk you can give your employees.”  And best of all, productivity and attitude improved.  What a Win!

     To be honest, this sounds like the perfect solution to all scheduling problems. It also assumes that you treat your people fairly and consistently across the board and work with them when they need different schedules. My long working career, some of which involved Human Resources, Payroll and Work Scheduling, taught me that workers are not alike. They don’t think the same, want the same things or improve at the same rate. Each worker is an individual and each handles problems in different ways.  Each is equipped with different skill levels and education. One size does not fit all……unless you hire robots.  Of course, this is what Bill Gates and Harvard want.  Robots are so much less messy.

    Also, Ms. Shepherd tells her audience to ask some interview questions that are not legal. “Ask them about things they need to do during the normal work day.” It is no ones business what you do with your free time. Maybe you have a family member who is sick and requires lots of attention. Companies do not like employees who are going to actually “over-use” their health insurance. Nor do they like certain political parties to whom you may volunteer time. Very touchy area.  See how these questions are not appropriate? The law says so, Mr Gates.

    I also see all sorts of problems with the variable shift routines she is advising.  Many workers interact with others during their work day to actually get things done.  It would be a major headache to figure all of this out up front, between departments,  not to mention every time the work routine changed.  People will use this as an excuse to pass the work on to others. This type of work flow will be most burdensome to salaried employees who already work for many extra hours as it is and don’t need to be following behind the employees who would be working this system for all it is worth.

      I will write about item 4 that Ms. Shepherd talks about in my next blog.  Don’t miss it as this is really an interesting piece. Be sure and sign up with your email so you don’t miss a thing. 

   When you become conscious that this is actually a process and not a destination, each new revelation will be a challenge and not be so hard to process. If you would like me to help you navigate this passage you are making, please contact me and we can start a dialog.

    If this is new to you, get educated.  But you better hurry up. If you need guidance to navigate through all of the psycho – behavior that you may run into, email me at  I can share links and websites I believe in and follow. I am available to teach you about boundaries and give you some life-skills to help you cope.  Don’t allow disrespectful people to control your life’s path.

    New energies are now flooding Gaia, our beautiful planet. They are also blessing us with the ability to quickly go beyond all that has been holding us back IF that is where we want to go. So please decide you want to be free to live in peace and contribute your love and light to all.

     Please feel free to share this original work with others as it is written.

Thank you.

Author Notes:  Cathy DuBois is a healer, teacher, coach and Dr. of Clinical Hypnotherapy.

She is a published author and seeker of truth.  Visit her website at