Understanding Workplace Induced Trauma with Katie O’Malley (#6)

Understanding Workplace Induced Trauma with Katie O'Malley

In this episode, I talk with Katie O’Malley, a career coach and workplace consultant and founder of (en)Courage Coaching

Katie and I talk about workplace-induced trauma including what it is, what experiences can lead up to it, the effects of workplace-induced trauma and what can be done once it’s been identified. We also discuss how, as leaders, we can avoid causing it ourselves.

She also gives us some great music to pick us up when we’re feeling down and some great book recommendations!

The song Katie couldn’t recall when we were talking was “How do you like me now” by The Heavy.

I hope you find as much value in listening to this episode as I did recording it!

About Katie O’Malley

Katie O’Malley, M.Ed., BCC, is a Career Coach and Workplace Consultant with fifteen years of professional experience in nonprofit, corporate and higher education.

Katie has worked alongside more than 125 clients as the Founder and Principal Coach of (en)Courage Coaching. Founded with the mission of providing exceptional, financially accessible coaching services to Chicago area professionals, (en)Courage Coaching has grown to support individuals and businesses from coast to coast, as well as in the UK.

Coaching clients in the design of authentic career paths, effective leadership practices, and courageous workplace cultures is in the DNA of (en)Courage Coaching. Katie equips her clients with customized strategies to meet their individual needs and aspirational goals.

Recently featured in Fast Company and Thrive Global, Katie’s research and writing supports both sides of the workplace equation, encouraging employers and employees to remember, “We’re all in this work-thing together.”

You can reach Katie at:

Email: katie@encouragecoaching.org

Website: ⁠www.encouragecoaching.org⁠

Instagram: ⁠@encouragecoachchicago⁠

LinkedIn: ⁠www.linkedin.com/in/kateomalley/


Dr. Gabor Mate – The Myth of Normal
Me Too Movement
Time’s Up Foundation
Jessica Bennett – Feminist Fight Club
Gretchen Ruben – Tada list
Dr. Denny Roberts
Lady Bri – Just Watch Me Now
How You Like Me Now – The Heavy
How Do You Like Me Now – Toby Keith
Dr. Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey – What Happened to You?
Invisible Women


[03:15] Introduction to Katie O’Malley
[06:42] Katie explains workplace induced trauma
[11:31] How to know when you’re experiencing workplace trauma
[13:33] How the same thing can impact to two different people differently
[14:22] How to identify workplace trauma and how to deal with it
[22:31] The reasons to have the allyship and why it’s so valuable
[23:49] How to prevent unknowingly causing workplace-induced trauma
[31:21] Keeping track of the things you accomplished
[33:55] The importance of sponsorship
[34:33] The importance of training people managers on effective leadership practices
[39:34] What to tell someone experiencing a toxic co-worker
[43:12] How to heal from workplace-induced trauma
[46:33] Oops moments with Katie
[49:43] Knowing we are our own person and different from the others
[50:49] The important mentor Katie looked up to
[53:57] Best leadership advice Katie ever received
[55:09] Routines that keep Katie aligned
[57:13] How Katie checks in with herself
[58:00] Pump up songs Katie recommends
[01:01:32] Where to find Katie


Trauma isn’t what happens to you it’s what happens inside of you.

When I say workplace-induced trauma I’m talking about two main categories of events that a person might experience at work ─ overt events and covert instances and experiences

When we advocate for ourselves we’re looked poorly upon when we advocate for others that’s often very highly regarded.

Performance bias –  women are judged on what they have achieved and what they have performed

When it comes time for promotions men are promoted based on potential, and women get promoted based on what they can prove.

Jean-Paul Sartre says freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you.

Post-traumatic growth what we’re looking to achieve there is a greater sense of personal strength the ability to cultivate and form close relationships with colleagues and co-workers and bosses in a way where you’re no longer scared to do to begin imagining possibilities for yourself.

Know having a greater appreciation for your life work is not life our life is our life and we want work to fit into that.

Great leaders create more leaders.





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