“I can’t take it another minute. I quit!”
It is a threat that most of employees made, oftentimes not silently.
But a survey made by Monster.com which was participated by 7000 employees revealed that 42% of employees had to change jobs because of stress. Although they weren’t sure if it would be better somewhere else, employees left. They couldn’t stay for another minute.
The most common causes of workplace stress aren’t surprising at all: relationship with bosses, workload, work-life balance, and relationship with co-workers.
I have conducted hundreds of stress management workshops since 2006, and I always get the same results.
Stress, the dark side of it, is a bigger problem than leadership in the digital age. Many people experience stress every day and many of them don’t know how to handle stress.
Stress is not the enemy.
Stress is not to be ignored or despised. Unfortunately, many of us have treated stress as an enemy that we aspire to be free from it.
Treating stress as an enemy creates fear. And fear diminishes us. We get stressed at the fear of being passed over for a promotion. We get stressed at the prospect of meeting a lover’s parents. We get stressed at the possibility of winning a big contract. We get stressed when given an opportunity to make presentations that will promote us to the top. We get stressed when promoted to a new job. We get stressed at meeting strangers.
We get stressed at almost everything.
But we cannot fear everything.
Many of the stressful situations in our lives make us stronger.
Think people-first. You can grow your organization when you invest in personal and professional development. I can help you.
The Dark Side of Stress
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Not all stress is bad. Good stress can build resilience and enhance performance. Productive people produce even in the most stressful situations. Couch potatoes don’t produce anything — and they are also stressed.
Chronic stress is the dark side of stress. It can wreak havoc on our brains and bodies. It has profound effects on our behavior. Chronic stress make us unproductive, distracted, and sometimes, unloving. It prevents us from building good relationships. It destroys relationship.
Bad stress can ruin our sleep. Stress set our minds racing with worries and anxieties. When I lack sleep, I can’t give my best at work.
Too much stress can make your skin look worse. Bad stress exacerbates skin problems. Though there is no scientific proof that stress can cause dandruff, I noticed that I have more dandruff when I have too much workload and over-stressed. Wounds heal slowly when I am stressed.
It is bad for our heart. It makes us sickly as stress reduces our resistance to diseases and mess with our digestion.
Stress does not kill us, but the way we handle stress does.
Your company needs a stress management program for all employees so it can ensure productivity and wellness in the workplace. And even if your company ignores this need, you must learn stress management because your life is your business.
Benefits of Stress Management Seminars
There are many benefits of stress management in the workplace. Let me name some.
Less sick days. Stress is the leading cause of absenteeism in the workplace. Also, those who hate their bosses and co-workers can easily find reasons why they must not report to work.
Employee retention and talent acquisition. Remember, 42% of employees who left their jobs did so because of too much stress. They go to companies that take care of them.
Healthier and more productive productive. When your companies have a stress management program and policy, it shows your people that you care. You develop a healthy and productive culture too.
Look after your employees and they’ll look after your business.
In this stress management workshop, we’ll address known issues. And we’ll try to make the unknown, but deadly, visible.
I will design and deliver the stress management workshop based on your needs.
But if some of you are clueless as to what possibly can be included in a stress management training, seminar, or workshop, I am sharing below some of the contents of the previous workshops that I have facilitated. This list is not complete — and we don’t really have to learn everything (that’s possible!) because we’ll focus only on what matters most to you and your organization.
What Can You Learn in a Stress Management Seminar
- How companies can combat employee exhaustion and reduce burn out. Those suffering from workplace burnout tend to withdraw emotional from their work, lost motivation, and become less productive.
- How stress affects your goal and habits.
- 7 signs that your workplace is toxic.
- 7 signs you are fast approaching a breakdown at work – and what to do about it.
- The scientific way to manage your stress. Stress management is a form of decision making. You’ll know how to handle stress by following logical steps in solving life problems. You can all learn it in the stress management workshop. You’ll find more ways to practice it during the stress management workshop.
- How to make friends with stress (you cannot avoid it forever). Most people wished for stress-free lives. What makes people productive is their ability to choose good stress over bad stress.
- How to reboot your brain when your feeling wildly unproductive. As professionals, we feel the need to be “on” everyday. But there are days that we are “off”. You can do many things. One of them is the Pomodoro technique.
- How to practice resilience. Resilience is your ability to come back from setbacks. You can easily manage stress when you are resilient. There are resiliency practices you can start to manage your stress more effectively.
- Why many people are stressed about success than failure (and if you are one of them — how can you fix this)
- Life-changing habits that can help you become more productive and happy.
- How to use emotional intelligence to break the cycle of stress and distraction. There are times that we feel completely overwhelmed and our workload test the limits of our sanity. Bad stress have negative effects on focus. There are things we can do to break the cycle of stress and distraction — and you can learn them too.
- In a high-stress environment, you are faced with many types of rejection that can bring out many emotions. These rejections are stressful. Learn how to deal with rejections.
- How to stop the emotional vampires who drain your energy. Antisocials, histrionics, narcissists, obsessive-compulsive, and paranoids are some of the people we deal with everyday. Some of them happen to be bosses, co-workers, and even friends. You can understand then and learn how to deal with each other so they can’t drain your energy.
- How to recognize toxic relationships and what to do about them.
- 17 Life-changing self-care hacks that don’t cost you anything.
- How to make your commute a more tolerable. I drive on some days. I commute on others days. Both are stressful. Find ways to make your commute more tolerable.
- How to sleep when stressed. Stress can interfere with getting a good night sleep. You have to get good sleep, right?
- How gratitude can help you manage stress – and how to find the things to be grateful for life.
- How to smash negative thinking. Some people see glasses as half-empty. Other see them as half-full. Or you can be thankful that you have a half-filled glass of milk to drink. Negative thinking limits us. Too much optimism makes us unrealistic and may cause more stress. Realistic thinking help us celebrate what is here and now.
- How to handle stress at home. For most of us, stress begins and ends at home. Learn some tips to handle stress at home.
- How productive employees beat stress.
- The contagious nature of happiness and stress in the workplace. We can be a bringer of both.
- How to listen so we get to understand each other (and reduce stressful situations).
- How to leverage your strengths to reduce stress. Workplace burnout happens when you don’t work based on your strengths. So, this is good news. You can naturally manage stress.
- Why smiling more leads to stressing less (and how to find more opportunities to smile, create the habit, and build a smiling culture in the workplace)
- Stress management tips for small business owners (also good for executives of giant corporations)
- Stress management action plan. This is good for you. You can use it again and again.
- Most common stress triggers and how to handle each.
- Ways mentally tough people handle stress.
- How to build a stress-resilient workplace.
- How to start the day with less stress.
- What to do when everything sucks. The answer: count your blessings. Re-framing works.
- Habits to help you handle the overwhelm of the digital world. Can you disconnect over the weekend? This helps. And there are six more ways.
- How to manage your time and stress less. Procrastination is one culprit.
- Stress reduction tips for project managers and teams. Working with people isn’t easy, but there are better ways to work with them to get things done.
- Deep breathing exercises to clear your mind.
- How journal writing can help you handle stress.
- Productive things to do when you only have five minutes.
- How to cope with overwhelm.
- How to improve my interpersonal skills. I use the I-statements. And there are many more. In some organizations, improvement in interpersonal skills solve a lot of their stress challenges.
- How to encourage personal accountability in the workplace. Many people don’t know how to handle stress because of their victim mentality. Where are you at the ladder of accountability?
- How to worry less about money (and be more intelligent about money)
How I Design Stress Management Seminars
Personalize employee engagement.
Some organizations are generous. They really care for their employees. They’ll pay for this program so you will become healthier, more productive, and awesomer! (okay, more awesome is grammatical, but awesomer! sounds better).
Organizations have goals to meet. Over-stressed people don’t get the job done. You’ll tell me your business goals and how the inability of people to manage stress prevent you from achieving your goals.
Usually, the solution is already in your organization. You have people who are more productive and can handle stress better than others. We’ll find out how they are better than others in managing stress. We’ll amplify positive deviance.
We’ll research for 3 to 4 vital behaviors that will change the way people in your organization handle stress. Then we’ll agree on how your organization will engage your people so they adopt new behaviors.
The workshop is the middle part of the program. This is why I encourage clients to flip the classroom.
Flip the classroom.
There are many things we can talk about stress and stress management. We don’t want to waste our time lecturing people about stress management.
You and I will pick the challenges that the participants struggle with. We’ll find the solutions to these challenges ahead. We’ll find video, audio, reading materials that can help them learn faster and better. During the workshop, we will have more opportunity to answer questions and to practice new skills.
We’ll make participants accountable to their learning. We have to ensure that they’ll use the advance materials we’ll be gviing to them. Intelligent discussions will happen when we give participants to become knowledgeable before the workshop.
Leverage learning experiences.
A learning experience can be as short as five minutes. It can be as long as 90 minutes. We are creating new experiences because joyful and emotional experiences help participants learn faster and better than PowerPoint slides and lectures.
We’ll use games, group activities, and workshops. I use PowerPoint presentations and other visual aids to highlight the experience.
Bring This to Your Company
You and I can design stress management seminars for your 5000 employees or for your fifty managers. The stress management seminar can be as short as 3 hours or as long one day.
Some organizations demand two-day stress management seminars, but adding one more day to your stress management training program will not make much difference. Give more attention to what you do before and after the seminar.
Real change will happen when you get serious about making your people happy and productive.
I have written simple, easy, and effective ways to speed up personal development. Here are some examples:
- Bold Steps to Personal Leadership
- Nobody is Youer Than You
- Write Your Book Before You Are Written Off
- Time Management Training Tips
- Speed Up Your People’s Career
- Want to become successful? Help people succeed.
You can find the growing number of tips at the Personal Development Collection.