Turn it off. And the mistakes, absenteeism, and medical costs that come with it. Whether your team is on the frontlines of government, technology, health care, education, or any pressure-packed office, having tools to manage multiple demands, emotional intensity, and difficult clients is crucial. Our stress management training gives your team strategies to manage reactions and emotions to take on any challenge.
When you turn off the false danger signal of the stress response, the stress stops in four minutes. We give your team the tools to do that.
Don't believe everything you think. Joe Robinson explains why dogs are smarter than humans when it comes to reflex stress reactions. They can teach us a thing or two about a crucial element of managing stress and our minds: How to not hang on to stressful events for days, weeks, and months on end.
Be quick but don’t hurry. Joe Robinson explains the hazards of reflex behavior and the keys to smarter work and a better work-life. Joe has appeared on the Today show and CNN, and has led programs for organizations from IBM to Nestle, Kellogg's, McDonald's, New York City Public Health, Pfizer, LEGO, and Anheuser Busch.
Stress drives impatience, crisis mentality, time urgency, rash decisions, and aggravation, so it makes the job and interaction with customers and colleagues harder than it has to be. If your team doesn't know how to manage stress, it manages them—at a huge cost to morale, safety, decision-making, customer service, productivity, and engagement.
The health tab for employees with high stress is 46% higher. 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 stress 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.
Stress is highly contagious. Humans are designed to mirror the emotions and expressions of others. For anyone in an emotionally intense job, from fire and rescue to social services and hospital personnel, that means mirroring the pain and grief of others. High-pressure jobs in the legal world or finance cause that stress to spread among colleagues in the same way. We stop the emotional contagion of stress.
Joe Robinson explains in an interview with Gerri Willis why stress is contagious and how we can avoid the false emergency of secondhand stress.
“We searched long and hard to find the right trainer for our stress management event. We didn't want airy-fairy but something practical to help us with the uncertainties ahead. Joe Robinson was the best choice we could have made."
“Joe Robinson's training was extremely valuable to our supervisory staff. I'd recommend the training for any organization trying to find the right balance between high performance and employee engagement .”
“Joe was an inspiration! The sessions with Joe were fun and interactive. He gave us valuable tools to carry forward."
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“Joe Robinson is a true inspiration."
“Thank you for spending the week with us and making an impact for our people and our company. I've heard nothing but very positive comments and feel that your message will make a difference in all our lives."
“Joe presented at our annual conference, speaking to board members, senior leadership, and clinicians. Members are still talking about his presentation. Talk about speaking the truth. It was like being in church with all the 'Amen's' and 'YESes.' Joe is an inspiration, and we have all committed to making personal changes after his show!"
Our Calm in the Storm stress management training gives your team a proactive course to control stress and energize performance. The program changes how employees think and react to tension, anxiety, and overwhelm with the most effective cognitive behavioral and pressure management techniques vetted by the research data.
Employees learn how to catch themselves when reflex emotions trigger ancient survival equipment, and then turn off the autopilot retaliatory behavior. We teach them how to think before they react, and to identify, reframe, and manage thoughts, emotions, and stressors, so they are no longer at the whim of default fight-or-flight (see Joe Robinson's article, "How to Control the Hidden Engine of Stress").
They also get time management, information management, prioritization, and work effectiveness tools to recalibrate pressure and give them a feeling of more perceived control. In addition, they learn the keys to recovery and recharging through proactive life skills, hobbies, and recreational outlets.
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Joe Robinson talks about the reflex habits that drive stress and get in the way of effective performance and a balanced approach to work and life.
Linda Sellan of Nestle Global shares why Joe Robinson was the right trainer for her stress management event. "We searched long and hard to find the right trainer. Joe Robinson was the best choice we could have made. "
Attendees at Joe Robinson's stress management program talk about how he helped them to manage demands and pressures with a variety of practical stress-combatting processes and techniques.
Our stress management training gives employees a thorough understanding of how the stress response overreacts under pressure and what they can do to manage it. They learn how to change the thoughts and emotional reactions that drive the reflex stress process.
The program trains your team to control 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 program equips your team with skills vetted by the research to change reflex reactions to demands, relieve tension, and build resilience, including the power of optimistic framing to counter the false beliefs and pessimistic thinking that fuel stress.
It’s crucial to measure stress levels on a regular basis to prevent serious health and heart issues. How do you know if you are in the danger zone? Here are some of the main stress tests:
Saliva Test. This may be the simplest test, one that checks cortisol levels at various times throughout the day. You simply leave a saliva sample in a test tube-like device. You can buy saliva test kits over the counter and online. Most experts, though, feel that the saliva test is less accurate than a blood serum test.
Cortisol Blood Test. This test will determine whether you have abnormal cortisol levels, high or low. According to the National Institute of Health, the normal values for a test at 8 a.m. are 6 to 23 micrograms per deciliter (mcg/dL).
Cognitive Stress Test. This written test can be very helpful in identifying stress and various physical byproducts of strain and high demands. The questionnaire can be used in conjunction with other tests, such as a blood test or blood pressure test to map out the impact of stress on your body.
Blood Pressure Test. Keeping an eye on blood pressure is an important tool to track the effect of stress on the cardiovascular system. It's key to get blood pressure measured, not just at the doctor’s office, but also at work. The true state of elevated blood pressure may not appear in the calm of the doctor’s room. According to the American Heart Assoc., Stage 1 Hypertension begins at a systolic number (the top number on your BP reading) of 140-159 or a diastolic number (the lower figure) of 90-99. Hypertension Stage 2 is a systolic of 160 or higher and a diastolic of 100 or higher, while a Hypertension Crisis is higher than 180 for systolic and 110 for diastolic.
Electrocardiogram Test (EKG). This test can find underlying issues of heart disease and hypertension. Electrodes measure electrical signals in the heart that can find patterns of rhythms and heartbeats that may be a tipoff to problems.
Exercise Stress Test. Known as a treadmill test, the exercise test measures the way your heart responds to physical effort, and the extra demands can ferret out issues other tests can’t. This test pinpointed an array of problems for Brian