Manage the High Cost of Stress
IN AN ALWAYS-ON WORLD, stress is surging, and so is its impact on productivity, engagement, health, and bottom lines.
The cost of stress-related absenteeism, sick leave, lost productivity, and employee turnover is a staggering $407 billion a year, reports U. C. Irvine researcher Peter Schnall. The health tab for employees with high stress is 46% higher than others. That's not counting the cost of conflicts, mistakes, and unengaged employees (28% less productive).
The good news is that managing stress is not expensive. You can equip your whole staff with tools that build coping resources for a rate that is a fraction of the annual stress costs per employee or the expense of replacing a valued employee. When your team learns how to turn off the danger signal, the stress response stops in 4 minutes.
Control Key Stressors
OUR STRESS MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS teach your employees how to turn off the emergency signal of a brain that wasn't built for the social stressors of the modern world. They learn how to manage key demands, so demands don't manage them, such as:
• doing more with less
• crazy-busy schedules and information overload
• high demands and multiple responsibilities
• the always-on cycle of responsiveness
• intense emotional work and burnout
Build Resilience and Coping Capacity
PROVEN STRESS MANAGEMENT processes, the right coping resources, and smarter work strategies can dramatically reduce stress, because the vast majority of it is preventable.
Job stress is triggered when a demand, or stressor, threatens to overwhelm capacity to cope. A deadline, something someone says, a setback on a project—any number of demands can set off stress. When the response is activated, an ancient part of the brain believes it's a life-or-death moment.
Unfortunately, the effects of this mistaken alarm are very real. Stress destroys employee engagement, drives conflict and mistakes, interferes with complex decision-making, and physically weakens your team. It suppresses the immune system, increases the bad cholesterol, and decreases the good kind. Stress can lead to heart attacks, strokes, back pain, IBS, insomnia, depression, and a long list of serious health issues that undermine engagement and productivity.
Turn Off the Danger Signal
WE TEACH YOUR STAFF how to reframe the danger signal driving the false alarm. We give them actionable strategies to resolve stress with the best cognitive, behavioral, and physical techniques. Participants get tools to:
• Identify and reframe stressors
• Build resilience
• Control crisis mentality and false urgency
• Deploy the most effective stress management practices
• Stop burnout and rebuild depleted resources
• Improve time management and set boundaries
• Manage difficult people
Prevent the Emotional Contagion of Stress
Humans are designed to mirror the emotions and expressions of others. Stress is highly contagious, and is easily passed along through organizations. It subverts intellect, puts emotions on a hair trigger, makes it hard to plan or see the big picture, and sets off a cascade of medical bills. Studies show employees with high stress are more likely to be absent from work and spend 26% more on physicians.
Our stress management programs build the skills and practices essential to manage stress.
How a Training Can Help Your Organization
CLICK THE KEYNOTE, TRAINING RATE BUTTON in this column for details on how a stress management training could benefit your organization. Learn how affordable it is and how much healthier, focused, and productive your team can be. End the stress-burnout cycle now with the best tools science has to offer.