Why do some people seem to thrive upon stress, and others crumble under the slightest pressure?
Stress is unavoidable in modern life, but how you think about stress can make a difference to its impact. Work, money and family all create daily stress, while bigger issues like politics and terrorism contribute to our underlying stress levels.
But approach it the right way, and it won’t rule your life — it can even be good for you. Here are ways to deal with stress, reduce its harm and even use your daily stress to make you stronger.
The antidote to the performance drop from stress is to develop resilience, both in employees, and within teams. We define resilience as:
The capacity to prepare for, recover from, and adapt, in the face of stress or adversity
But there’s no quick fix to achieving this. In fact the time it takes to develop a resilient workforce depends upon the “momentum” of the business to stay the same. So we advise a “step by step” approach to educate and upskill employees, through talks, training and eLearning.
By understanding that people take time to develop self-awareness, and that there is little benefit to training people until they are ready to learn, we can keep the approach lean and focused on the most effective areas, supporting the business to change over time. A key element of resilience is changing a person’s view of themselves, and there is a great deal of research to show that this does not happen overnight, particularly when customer demands become more onerous not less, over time.
Learning to thrive as a team
In this workshop, leaders and teams learn the basics of stress and what happens to people when stressed. How to spot behaviour shifts, disengagement and imminent mental health issues before they have an impact on the bottom line.
- Identifying issues and helping people enhances team spirit and employee engagement
- Understanding the impact of stress on quality of decision making
- Considering team roles with pressure and deadlines in mind
- Understanding stress triggers and how to get teams in to a productive mind set for important meetings
- State management for maximum creativity
It made me realise that I can up my performance and wellbeing by taking control of my own resilience. Experiencing what it feels like to be truly calm and in control in a stressful situation was incredibly powerful. C.F.
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America’s #1 Health Problem. The American Institute of Stress. Link here.
Stress is biggesy cause of Absenteeism. 2011. The HR Director. Link here.