The Negative Effects of Stress
Productivity requires energy, focused effort, efficiency and effectiveness. When you’re stressed out, your productivity drops. But it’s not just productivity that drops – so does physical and mental health. Chronic stress takes its toll on individuals and teams every day, and the costs are high.
Stress Can Increase or Decrease Productivity
Stress can be a good thing. In physical exercise, the right amount of stress builds muscle tone. In the workplace, the right amount of stress is a motivator, and gives everyone the push they need to meet project schedules. But when there is too much stress or the wrong kind of stress, muscles, productivity and teamwork can all suffer.
The Physiological Effects of Stress
Stress is an internalized process that causes the sympathetic nervous system to mobilize, creating physiological changes in the body. These physiological changes can include increased heart rate and blood pressure, rapid and shallow breathing, increased muscle tension, interruption of the digestive process, and the release of adrenaline and glucose into the bloodstream. Over extended periods of time, chronic stress can result in headaches, back pain, ulcers, digestive problems, fatigue, insomnia and a host of other physical problems. The obvious results are significant reductions in health, well-being and productivity, as well as significant increases in healthcare costs and performance-related problems.
Psychological effects of stress
The psychological effects of chronic stress include procrastination, avoidance, withdrawal, depression, hyperactivity, aggression, relationship problems, excessive eating/drinking/smoking and drug abuse. These symptoms can be treated with drugs, but with effective stress management they can be prevented.
Avoiding the High Cost of Chronic Stress
Chronic stress is harmful to individuals, teams and organizations. If you can see the effects of stress in your team, don’t wait for productivity to decrease. Be proactive and schedule a stress management workshop.
Our training programs are practical and effective. Whether you bring us in to conduct a one-day stress management workshop or a comprehensive program including small group and one-on- one coaching, we can make a difference. Contact us today for more information.
How we can help you
Our Stress Management training program delivers stress management tools that are unmatched proven results worldwide.
Stress Management Training Program Highlights
1. Learning to Reframe Your Stressful Reactions
Reframing difficult situations is a cognitive process that anyone can do if they have the skills and the tools. We build those skills and provide those tools in our stress management workshops. You can learn to reframe your relationship with your manager and with “difficult”co-workers. You can reframe your outlook about your job and your career. You can reframe your perspective on life. The reframing process helps you to appreciate what you have been taking for granted, and to see possibilities and opportunities where you previously only saw problems.
So what can you do? Teach your team members how to manage stress and how to master the art of cognitive reframing.
2. Stress Management & Self-Management
As in all stress management training programs, we teach people techniques for calming down and doing a reset when they get stressed out. We offer a variety of stress-relieving tools. But our primary focus is on preventing stress, by effectively managing the external and internal sources of stress. Really, what we are focusing on is self-management.
So what can you do? Teach your team members how to become a best stress managers who know how to enjoy their life and their work and not let the little things get to them.
3. Ownership vs. Victimhood
Ultimately, effective stress management is about taking ownership of your thoughts, your emotions, your attitude, and all aspects of your life. When chronic stress does its number on you, you become the victim of stress. But since the real sources of stress are within yourself, you are both the victim and the victimizer. Complaining may feel good because it’s a way to vent. But in the process of complaining, you are usually operating from a victim frame. Complaining is a natural form of expression when you frame others as the perpetrators of your stress, and you frame yourself as an innocent victim. But when you live in the victim frame, you lose your personal power, and stress is given the freedom to bring you down.
So what can you do? In our stress management seminars and workshops we train people to make the transition from victimhood by taking ownership of every stressful situation. You might not have created the situation, but you’re in it, so you might as well own it. When you take ownership, it’s much easier to reframe the problem as an opportunity and to take positive steps forward.
Maybe You Should Start with Your Management Team
What kind of role models are your managers? Are they models of effective stress management, people skills, positive attitude, motivation and ownership? If not, let’s start with a management training program that teaches them how to manage stress and how to coach their team members effectively. Don’t make the mistake of scheduling your employees for stress management training when the managers are absent. The first thought your employees will have is, “My manager needs this more than me! Why isn’t she/he here?” Your management team needs to lead the charge. Schedule a management training workshop followed by an all-employees stress management workshop that includes managers and supervisors.
Our workshops include workbooks and training materials that your managers and supervisors can use to hold their own follow-up meetings to ensure maximum effectiveness of the program.
Stress Management Training for Your Team and Your Entire Organization
When is the right time to schedule a stress management workshop? Contact us today and take a giant step toward ownership of the stress problem. Let’s make this an opportunity for raising the level of teamwork, motivation and productivity for your entire organization.
Stress Management Training Benefits to Your Organization
- Reduced negative organizational stress
- Increased individual productivity and responsibility
- Better team communications and morale
- Retention of valued employees
- Improved customer satisfaction
Stress Management Training Benefits to the Individual
- Reduced personal stress
- Improved decision making
- Increased productivity
- Connecting better to family & friends
- More value, balance & happiness every day