If you’re feeling miserable at work, there’s a good chance that you’re suffering from WCB. Even if you might be happy at work but you’re confused and not sure how to move forward, you too might be suffering from WCB. Yes, Workplace Communication Breakdown is an all-too-common problem among lawyer types.
Lack of communication in the workplace could lead you to unnecessarily question whether you’re working in the right place or even whether you’ve chosen the right career path. Before panicking that it’s time to change careers or dreaming about recruiters saving the day by whisking you off to a new job, always try to first bridge the communication gap by talking to your boss. Often, a simple conversation can make all the difference.
That’s right – you can potentially cure WCB by initiating a conversation with your boss to discuss whatever is causing your stress or confusion. Maybe your boss has been so busy that he or she has been forgetting to provide you with direction…and that lack of interaction has caused your mind to spin out of control, questioning every aspect of your work: from whether you’re any good at your job to whether you should have been a journalist after all.
Today’s guest, land use partner and department chair Ben Reznik, shares a tip for communicating with your boss. Side effects to curing WCB may include: sweaty hands, increased heart rate, and cotton mouth. Side effects typically subside after taking action. If Ben’s advice doesn’t elicit a response, be persistent. If that fails, then it’s fair to question whether it’s time for a change.
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Land Use Attorney Ben Reznik
Title: Department Chair, Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell
City: Los Angeles, CA
Law School: USC School of Law in Los Angeles, CA
College: UCLA in Los Angeles, CA
Previous Career: Ben went into private practice upon graduating from law school. Once he connected with the land use practice area, he built what became a prominent land use-environmental boutique with his wife, which they ultimately merged into the larger, full service JMBM.