Workplace stress management is a relatively new concept, but one that is now a legal requirement. There are many ways that an individual can cope, but let’s look at how companies tackle workplace stress.
Stress Management Workshops
Along with customer experience, stress management, is a relatively new kid on the block, and one that hasn’t quite reached every corner of the corporate field- yet! Corporate wellbeing workshops are designed to help both employees and management to recognise the signs of stress and then go on to address these issue.
The first hurdle being- spotting the signs:
- Noticable drop in productivity
- Frequent unexplained absenteeism
- Ignoring important issues
- Deadlines being missed
- Off point customer/client service
- Off focus at work
- Working longer hours than usual
Who Should Attend These Courses?
There are many courses running and it’s no wonder with statistics like these:
12.5 million working days were lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2016/17.
Some careers are predominantely high pressured; emergency services, CEO’s, social workers, stock brokers and target heavy sales people to name a few. But stress is a creeper and it can sneak up on people with no warning. Being taught the latest strategies for tackling emotional disturbances can only be a good thing, therefore companies are now introducing stress management courses as a compulsory part of employment.
Research shows that goal setting and adopting a positive workplace attitude can increase productivity. Mindfulness is an effective tool that can help us in our personal life as well as our working life. Studies show that learning mindfulness can calm the body and mind and alleviate stressful thoughts. A calmer mind can handle problems and reactions in a more positive way. The courses educate on:
- The workings of mindfulness
- The misconceptions of mindfulness
- How mindfulness can be useful when experiencing stress in situations in and outside your control
- Being proactive with difficult situations
The thing with mindfulness, is not just the theory- it’s the practicals including cognitive exercises and breathing techniques. It’s important to get a handle of the two.
Nutrition and Exercise
Many people are already embracing a healthy eating and exercise regime. Unfortunately with stress, it’s sometimes those two aspects of life that are the first to be abandoned. Late night working leads to skipped gym sessions and skipped meals, or even worse TV dinners!
Learning about the importance of healthy eating and exercise isn’t a no brainer, as many people think. Instilling the fact that nutrition and exercise is a powerful tool against stress can make a huge difference in the war.
Very few professions come without some kind of pressure, and for some people pressure is a great motivator. For many though a heavy workload, short deadlines and crushing demands can be overwhelming. Resilience training can support indivuduals in managing these pressures. Learning how to recognise the difference between healthy pressure and stress can alter how you react under pressure.
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