The stresses and
strains of everyday life, personal viewpoints and change in general will cause
tensions in all relationships at some time, particularly with partners in
adult couple relationships and with work colleagues. Statistically,
however, the most significant areas of distress for employees who consult
workplace counsellors are not work but family related, in particular to
marital and sexual partnership relationships. Anxiety engendered by
disappointment, disillusionment, anger and powerlessness in the face of a
disintegrating love relationship or the collapse of family stability has a
direct impact on a worker’s performance. They may well lack
enthusiasm, commitment and energy which they had previously displayed.
Others may manage a high level of work performance for some time by splitting
the personal and professional, the home and the workplace but this does not
resolve their inner turmoil and sense of anguished bewilderment.