Attachment injury never stays within the lines. While your Attachment adaptation manifests more noticeably in your personal relationships with your partner, spouse, children, or parents, the workplace is not immune to the patterns of your Attachment style, and it could be holding you back from success.
Securely Attached individuals naturally have a more positive attitude and outlook in the workplace. Because they are Secure with themselves and their relationships with others, they develop healthy communication and work harmoniously with both Securely Attached co-workers and those who are living with Attachment injury.
Individuals with Avoidant and Ambivalent adaptations can make highly successful employees, and awareness of their styles can help them enjoy greater professional satisfaction.
Attachment Styles and Your Co-Workers
A study of Attachment injury manifestations at work, Avoidantly Attached individuals may take on projects without relying on the support of others. While they rarely seek affirmation of their success, they may not provide it to others either, which can create feelings of isolation and over independence.
Counterdependent individuals can isolate themselves and shrug off supportive outreach.
Anxiously Attached individuals may require continual approval and validation from their colleagues and superiors. Seeking validation and encouragement is a symptom of overdependence, which can exhaust their support system.
Attachment Styles and Your Employees
If you are an employer, developing a compassionate understanding of Attachment injury will give you insight into the challenges that your employees face. By supporting each employee in their own Attachment language, and understanding their varying sources of stress, you can contribute to the possibility of developing Secure Attachment.
Developing awareness of colleagues’ Attachment styles can facilitate a healthier work environment.