CAS050 – Work Success and Work Adjustment w/ Dr. Larry D. Burlew - Airdate 12/14/2006

Contributing Editor:

Dr. Edina Renfro-Michel, NCC, LPC is a new Assistant Professor in the Counselor Education Program at Montclair State University and a recent doctoral graduate in community counseling at Mississippi State University. Her areas of research are Attachment Theory and Supervision.


Dr. Larry D. Burlew is currently a Professor in the Counselor Education Program at Montclair State University in NJ. He received his doctorate from George Washington University in Counseling and Human Development and his M.Ed. in counseling from Boston University. He has co-edited a book on sexuality counseling and a workbook on supervision. His research interests include career development, gay men, adult development and pedagogy of counselor education.


Notes from this Podcast

By: Larry D. Burlew, Ed.D.
Montclair State University

Stage I: Pre-Hire

- not yet hired; interviewing

- establishing your “entry reputation”

- marketing yourself like an “exceptional employee”

- don’t get hired with a “filler reputation”

Stage II: Job Adjustment

- sometimes referred to as “probationary period”

- experiencing a “learning curve”

- creating a “worker identity or reputation”

- “Workthrall” occurs sometimes

Stage III: Establishment

- making secure place for yourself within the org.

- mastering the position for which you were hired

- making yourself “invaluable” to the company

- worker attitude & behavior as important as work performance

Stage IV: Organizational Advancement

- more success with earlier stages, easier to advance

- researching advancement opportunities occurs at any time

- seeking of advancement relies heavily on organizational “timing”

- don’t get “boxed” in

Stage V: Organizational Midlife

- you’re identified as an expert, longer-term employee

- less interest in advancing moves

- probably planning on staying with organization until retirement

- requires a renewal of your “work energy”

Stage VI: Redefining Your Organizational Identity

- final two or three years of employment before retiring

- creating new meaning to the words, “older worker”

- using strategies like problem-finding redefine your organizational identity into self-selected live activities

Source: Burlew, L.D. (2006). Successful work adjustment: A lifespan approach. New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.


Music used in this podcast:

Jaime Beauchamp - "Memorial Day" obtained from the Podsafe Music Network - Link to music

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