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Is Stress Draining Productivity, Morale, Retention? A Health or Safety Risk?

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 minutesWe give your team the tools to do that. 

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Changing Thoughts That Drive Stress

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.

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Work Smarter, Live Better

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 Today and CNN, and has led programs for organizations from IBM to Nestle, Kellogg's, McDonald's, New York City Public Health, Pfizer, LEGO, the Reserve Bank of India, and Anheuser Busch.

Stress Makes the Job Harder and More Expensive

Stress drives impatience, anger, crisis mentality, 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, 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).

Studies show stress management programs can increase revenues 23%, cut absenteeism 24% (Munz, Kohler), and save $5,000 per employee.

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Managing Stress at Work

Managing Stress at Work

Email overload, deadlines, and upset customers are not life-and-death, but an ancient part of the brain thinks they are, so they can all set off the stress response. Our survival equipment was built for another time and place — for moments of imminent physical danger 150,000 years ago. It doesn’t know how to process social stress in the 21st century, so it sets off frequent false alarms.

The office is loaded with stressors, from time pressure to difficult people and overwhelm. When stress is triggered, the signal bypasses the modern brain and goes directly to the ancient brain of irrational emotion and fear. As a result, stress undermines faculties needed to get the job done: attention, decision-making, judgment, and impulse control.

Instead, stress drives emotional reactions, distracted minds, and fatigue, which means it takes more effort, and time, to get the job done. We help your team return to their right minds and next tasks.

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Second-Hand Stress Spreads Across Your Team

Stress is highly contagious. Humans are designed to mirror the emotions and expressions of others. That's especially true of anyone in an emotionally intense job, from fire and rescue to social services, law, and the medical world, in which people mirror the pain, grief, and stress, of others.

The same dynamic happens in the high-pressure, always-on office world, causing people to pick up on the stress and time urgency of others around them and mirror them in their own expression and emotions. We show your team how to stop the emotional contagion of stress.

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Manage Second-Hand Stress

Joe Robinson explains in an interview with Gerri Willis why stress is contagious and how we can avoid the false emergency of second-hand stress by not mirroring the stress of others.

Testimonials

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“They loved your presentation. Wow! You were fantastic.”

Shari Morwood - VP, IBM
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“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."

Linda Sellan - Marketing & Sales Manager, Nestle Global
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“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.”

Terry Field - Program Manager, Florida Department of Children and Families
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“Joe was an inspiration! The sessions with Joe were fun and interactive. He gave us valuable tools to carry forward."

Charla Eversole - Truman Medical Center
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"Joe presented to our top sales group and our executive team on a recent awards trip. The presentation provided takeaways that the group put right to work. We had great feedback from the team. They thoroughly enjoyed his presentation. Do yourself a favor and check Joe out! It is well worth it!"

Steve Newell - Servicing Manager, Hallmark Home Mortgage
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"Joe’s productivity and work-life balance training for our leadership team was fun, interactive and relevant. Joe shared many strategies for managing work-life balance that will not only reduce stress on and off the job but will help increase satisfaction in both arenas."

Martha Vanderheyden - Internal Coach, Indiana University Health La Porte Hospital
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"Joe's training was ideal—and perfectly timed for our needs and workforce. The feedback from managers was universally positive!"

Craig Willardson - President & CEO, Moark LLC, $700 million division of Land O' Lakes
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“Your talk included useful and important information presented clearly and cleverly, along with a nice touch of audience engagement. The audience learned something and enjoyed the experience. After almost 40 years of teaching and speaking at professional conferences I know very few people can do this effectively. You can and did!"

Kenneth Ottenbacher - Distinguished Chair, Rehabilitation Sciences, Univ. Texas Medical Branch
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“Joe Robinson is a true inspiration."

Brian Grazer - Producer ("A Beautiful Mind," "Da Vinci Code"), Co-Chair, Imagine Entertainment
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“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."

Dan Schmitt - President & CEO, HH Hunt Homes
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“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!"

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The Danger of Chronic Stress

The real danger of stress is when it’s chronic (see Joe Robinson's article, "The Most Dangerous Thing About Stress"). The stress response shuts down and alters critical systems in the body that aren’t needed in a survival moment. It suppresses the immune system, turns off digestion, and jacks up heart rate and blood pressure. That’s okay for a brief time, but when the stress goes on for days and months, it causes major damage.

The velocity of the blood gushing through veins like water through a fire hose can wear down the lining inside arteries, where clogs can develop. The stomach stops producing enough acid, leading to bowel issues, and we can’t sleep at night because the cortisol flowing through our veins from the stress response keeps us awake.

Our stress management training provides the skills to manage the triggers and rote behaviors that feed chronic stress.  

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How Stress Morphs into Burnout

When chronic stress lasts for a long period of time, it can lead to the last act of the stress cycle: burnout. This means that the body has been overactivated for so long that it has drained all coping and energetic resources.

What’s left is exhaustion — mental, physical, and emotional. Since burnout happens to the hardest workers, not slackers, it’s a strange feeling for people who have always been high-energy or driven. They no longer feel themselves. And they aren’t.

The signs of burnout (see Joe Robinson's article, "The 7 Signs of Burnout") include: depersonalization and withdrawal from others, cynicism, absence of positive emotions, low energy, and disengagement, which all undermine performance. On the health side, burnout can lead to serious medical conditions from stroke to burnout.

We help your team identify the sources of stress that are driving burnout, learn how to manage them and not react, rebuild crashed energetic resources back up again, and prevent burnout from happening in the future.

We Build Resilience and Coping Capacity

We Build Resilience and Coping Capacity

Our stress management training gives employees a thorough understanding of how the stress response activates under pressure and what they can do to manage it. They learn how to change the thoughts, reactions, and task practices that drive stress and learn more than half a dozen top stress reduction techniques.

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. 

Our Calm in the Storm program equips your team with skills vetted by the research to relieve tension and build resilience. The engine of resilience is optimistic framing, which is key to bouncing back and persistence. Through the powerful science of optimism, your team gets tools to reframe negative events, counter false beliefs, and avoid the bunker of pessimistic thinking.

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Reframe and deactivate stress triggers
Reframe and deactivate stress triggers
Stop the hidden engine of stress: rumination
Stop the hidden engine of stress: rumination
Change self-talk and explanatory style
Change self-talk and explanatory style
Build coping resources and resilience
Build coping resources and resilience
Control crisis mentality and time pressure
Control crisis mentality and time pressure
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Increase optimism, resilience, and positive emotions
Deploy the most effective stress reduction practices
Deploy the most effective stress reduction practices
Stop burnout and rebuild depleted resources
Stop burnout and rebuild depleted resources
Improve time management and set boundaries
Improve time management and set boundaries
Activate work recovery strategies, hobbies to exercise
Activate work recovery strategies—hobbies to exercise
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Stay Calm in the Storm with Our Stress Management Training

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. They discover how to think before they react and to 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.

Learn how this training can increase engagement, teamwork, and results for your organization by clicking here or the button below.

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Tools for Overloaded Minds, Schedules, and Teams

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.

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Her Team "ENERGIZED"

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. "

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Joe Gave Me So Many Tools

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.

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How Can a Stress Management Training Help Your Organization?

Learn all the benefits your team can get from a stress management training that gives your talent the skills to manage demands and time pressure. See how cost-effective the program is and how much healthier, focused, and productive your team can be.

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Chronic Stress Health Hazards

  • Thyroid Dysfunction
  • Adrenal Dysfunction
  • Hypertension
  • Coronary Heart Disease
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Stroke
  • Ulcers
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Chronic Headaches
  • Diabetes

Stress Tests That Can Save Your Life

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 Curin, co-founder of the Flip-Flop Shop. He was advised to go directly into surgery, where he had to have a quadruple bypass at age 39.