Potential and Current Workers

Thinking About Work


What kinds of people supports are there?

We can think of the kinds of support provided by people in two ways:

  • Emotional Support
    Emotional support is related to close personal relationships.  Each person may define it differently, but you might think about it as helping to increase your feeling of hopefulness and optimism, especially in this instance about work.  Examples of emotional support may include things like a friend listening to you, someone who is willing to “just be there,” or knowing that someone cares.
  • Practical Support
    Practical supports for work can be a lot of things, but all of them help out in very concrete ways, such as as with bus fare, childcare, helping out with interview clothes, or practicing your elevator speech.

“Place supports” for work are those places that support you in your work endeavors.  Places may include spaces at work that support you, such as your supervisor’s office, the lunchroom at work, or the Employee Assistance Program.  They may also include places outside of work, such as a local park to take a walk in when you’re stressed, your home, a place of worship, or the local library.

Things that support work are items that serve as resources for you either inside or outside of work, such as computers, alarm clocks, a coffee pot, a calendar to help you keep appointments, or a smartphone that can help you set reminders.

Activities that support work are the things that you do that boost your confidence and capacity to consider, choose, get, and keep work.  For example, exercising, revamping your resume, talking to a friend, consulting a supervisor, and meditation are all examples of activities that can support you in work.

Consider the following if you are thinking about the kinds of supports you have or need for working:

  • What kinds of people, place, thing, and activity supports do you have now that can support you to make a change in your work situation?
  • What kinds of supports do you think you will need to gather or develop?


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