Control Stress, Unleash Performance
STUDIES SHOW THAT STRESS MANAGEMENT TRAINING can increase revenues 23%, cut absenteeism 24% (Munz, Kohler, Greenberg), and save $5000 per employee in health costs. How much of a difference could that make for your organization?
Whether your team is on the frontlines of technology, health care, or education, having tools to manage pace, pressure, and workload in a crazy-busy world is crucial. Our stress management training program gives your employees strategies to change the way they think and react to demands, so they can manage any challenge.
Cut Health and Retention Costs
IF YOUR TEAM DOESN'T KNOW HOW TO MANAGE STRESS, it manages them—at a hefty price tag. The cost of stress-related absenteeism, lost productivity, and employee turnover for American business 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. That's not counting the cost of mistakes and unengaged employees (28% less productive). Some 40% of employees cite stress as the main reason for leaving a job (Sparks, Cooper).
The good news is that managing stress is not expensive. You can equip your whole staff with tools that build self-management skills for a fraction of the cost of unmanaged stress. When people know how to turn off the danger signal, the stress response stops in four minutes.
Stop the Emotional Contagion of Stress
HUMANS ARE DESIGNED TO MIRROR the emotions and expressions of others. This makes stress highly contagious and easily spread throughout organizations. Stress increases crisis mentality, shreds engagement, and drives conflict, cynicism, and turnover. Our stress management program counteracts this saboteur with tools that prevent the emotional contagion of stress from spreading.WATCH: Joe Robinson discusses the contagion of secondhand stress with Gerri Willis.
How Does the Program Work?
OUR STRESS MANAGEMENT TRAINING gives employees a thorough understanding of how the stress response activates under pressure and what they can do to prevent the default and manage it if it is triggered. Self-assessment tests help them identify personality traits that heighten activation and combine with work demands to set off reflex fight-or-flight. They learn cognitive behavioral techniques, which studies show are the most effective stress reduction process, to help them change the thoughts that drive stress, as well as ways to manage time and prioritization to reduce pressure.
The program teaches strategies to manage situational stress as it occurs, develop responses to frequent stress scenarios, cut off the escalating spiral of stress, and implement recovery and preventive solutions. The interactive session equips your team with skills vetted by the research to reprogram responses to demands, relieve tension, and build reilience, including the use of optimism and positive emotion to buffer the false beliefs and thoughts that drive stress.
Manage Pressure and Perceptions
OUR STRESS MANAGEMENT PROGRAM teaches your employees how to turn off the emergency signal of a brain that wasn't built for the social stressors of the modern world. It's not the stressful event that causes stress. It's what we think about that event, our thoughts and perceptions that something has overloaded our ability to cope, that fuel stress. We can change that by changing "explanatory style," the story we tell ourselves about the stress. Your team learns how to manage triggers such as:
• time pressure and frenzy
• deadlines and information overload
• the demands of multiple responsibilities
• the always-on cycle of responsiveness
• intense emotional work that can lead to burnout
• difficult people
Build Resilience and Coping Capacity
RESEARCH SHOWS THAT SELF-MANAGEMENT SKILLS, 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 hijacks attention with chronic rumination about the threat—a major driver of chronic stress and burnout. 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 deactivate stressors
• Reprogram reflex responses to perceived threats
• Build coping resources and resilience
• Control crisis mentality and time pressure
• Deploy the most effective tension reduction practices
• Stop burnout and rebuild depleted resources
• Improve time management and set boundaries
• Increase optimism and positive emotions
• Practice responses to stress scenarios
Assess Stress, Measure Progress
STRESS OPERATES UNDER THE RADAR, so it's important to assess the health of your team and identify potential serious health consequences. We offer an initial cognitive assessment, with a questionnaire that measures anxiety, coping ability, and general health and well-being. After the training program, we administer a second test to measure progress, something that will also be seen in increased engagement and performance.
How a Training Can Help Your Organization
CLICK ONE OF THE BUTTONS in this column for details on how a stress management training can help your organization beat this growing problem. Learn how cost-effective the program is and how much healthier, focused, and productive your team can be. End the stress-burnout cycle with the best tools science has to offer.