Ph.D. Organizational Leadership and Analysis
M.Sc. Industrial and Organizational Psychology
M.B.A. Strategy, Personal and Professional Development
I'm Dr. Marcus J. Fila, a speaker, researcher, and consultant on reducing excessive and unnecessary work stress, and unwanted employee turnover. This includes issues of job satisfaction, motivation, working culture, and job design.
My interest in work stress developed during business development and senior executive recruitment positions in the US and UK. I was paid to make turnover happen, but would never move someone simply for more money (because they would then take a subsequent offer for more money still), so the question became why else would people move? Beyond macro circumstances and industry-level challenges, there was almost always excessive or unnecessary forms of work stress coming from inside their organization.
I was amazed at how powerfully excessive work stress through controllable, but unmanaged circumstances at work could affect even the highest caliber of people.
I wanted to turn the clock back for these people, and their organizations, and sort out the problems before they started. It frankly annoyed me how even world renowned organizations were losing so many good people, often for quite rudimentary reasons that were in the control of their leadership. So, I made a move into speaking and consulting, to bring knowledge and solutions to leaders from my research in work stress and reducing unwanted turnover.
Of course, we all have some work stress - in fact, the right kinds of stress in moderation can be healthy. However, excessive and unnecessary forms of work stress are a huge problem to most organizations, albeit one that can go under the radar until it's too late, and a good person leaves. This can be incredibly expensive, and inconvenient, and a road block to organizations reaching their goals. Why wait until this happens (again)?
My greatest roadblock is people's belief that there's nothing we can do about it. Fifty years of research says otherwise. We don't, for example, say the same thing about fear. We find out the root cause of fear, attribute it, and make adjustments to ourselves and the situation (where possible), and deal with it. We can absolutely do the same thing with work stress.
Find out what I can do for your team or organization, and contact me to get started.
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