Was in training today at work, a little course called leaders leading and basically it was a program designed to explain managers roles in the organisation and what is required of managers... In it they had this model of the employee and basically there were 3 components to the employee, one was their skills, knowledge and experience, another was their aptitude for the job and the third was their values, beliefs and inhibitors. Basically the theory was that you need a match between all three for a person to be suitable for a job, i.e. if you have the knowledge, experience and skills, the aptitude and the values to match the job you are suited to it. In the discussion someone brought up the topic of employees that were suffering stress outside the workplace and how that could be an 'inhibitor' to their suitability (and I thought to myself u-huh that can sure make it difficult to find the motivation ) and the instructor agreed with them and then explained that everyone tends to go through some dramas outside of work sometimes and thats when the organisation should simply implement temporary strategies to deal with the problems the employee is facing to get them through the rough patch. And I thought damn yeah sometimes it would be good to have a few strategies to get me through the rough times...but.. But then the instructor went on and said 'Anyways these things are usually temporary situations, so don't cause major problems for the employees suitability for the job.'...'Afterall its not very often that such dramas like a family member dying or divorce occurring last much longer than a few months or so...is not like they go on and on for 10yrs or anything'... At this point I restrained a giggle...(hysterical??) And then to finish the topic off she says 'And if for some reason it did go on for such a period, well then...' <I lean in with baited breath to here what words of wisdom she would espouse> 'If it went on for such a long period, I guess then you would have to say that perhaps the employee is not suited to the job' Oh gawd just what I needed to hear!!!! Why don't we just sign me up for unemployment benefits now!?