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Coping with workplace stress
Housekeeping › mobile phones › break times › toilets › emergencies © smallprint 2
Workshop overview At this workshop the following will be addressed: › the nature and effects of stress › the causes of excess workplace stress › the symptoms of excess stress › reasons why stress issues must be addressed › methods of dealing with stress related problems © smallprint 3
Workshop expectations What do you know about the topic? What do you need to know? What outcomes do you expect from this workshop? © smallprint 4
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Topic 1 © smallprint 6 Stress: any force or event that has an effect on the body or mind. Some stress is good and a necessary part of life.
Necessary stress © smallprint 7 Athletic achievement Tuning a violin
Good stress/ bad stress © smallprint 8 ‘[Excess] Stress is when you wake up screaming and you realise that you haven’t fallen asleep yet.’ (Anon)
Impact of inappropriate stress levels 1.High levels of absenteeism. 2.Increased attrition. 3.Poor work performance. 4.Low morale. 5.Low worker commitment. 6.Increased frequency of accidents. 7.Industrial relations difficulties. 8.Poor relationships with suppliers and customers. 9.Difficulty retaining good employees, at all levels. © smallprint 9
Reactions © smallprint 10 Excess stress › Poor performance › Dysfunctional behaviour › Health problems › High performance › Job satisfaction › Involvement › Optimum performance › Poor performance › Dysfunctional behaviour › Health problems Too little stress Moderate stress Too little or too much stress can be harmful.
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Topic 2 © smallprint 12 Excess stress
Stress factors ‘One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.’ (Bertrand Russell) © smallprint 13
Constructive v destructive stress Human performance © smallprint 14 Performance and well being Peak performance Under stimulation Over stimulation Too little Optimum Too much Stimulation
Change and workplace stress © smallprint 15
Reactions © smallprint 16 Stress itself is not harmful – it is our reaction to stress/ stressors that causes illness or disease.
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The cost of stress © smallprint 19 Stress related absenteeism directly costs Australian employers $10.11 billion a year. It costs the Australian economy approx. $14.81 billion a year. 3.2 days per worker are lost each year as a result of workplace stress. It is estimated that 1 in 3 adult workers suffer from moderate to extreme stress overload and are at risk of stress-related health problems. (www.medibank.com.au) Hence the need to understand and manage stress responses.
Responding to requests © smallprint 20
Delegate ‘Delegating means letting others become the experts …’ ( Timothy Firnstahl) © smallprint 21
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Topic 4 ‘Stress: the confusion created when one’s mind overrides the body’s basic desire to choke the living daylights out of some jerk who desperately deserves it.’ (Anon) © smallprint 23
Managing emotions © smallprint 24
Cognitive restructuring ‘Don't let your mind bully your body into believing it must carry the burden of its worries.’ (Astrid Alauda) © smallprint 25
Handling the behaviour of others © smallprint 26 Can you cope with the behaviour of others ?
Assertiveness © smallprint 27 Negotiate for the purpose of fulfilling your needs - without overriding the needs of others.
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Lower your stress levels at work © smallprint 30
Relaxation Important for mental and physical health. © smallprint 31
Diet © smallprint 32
Exercise © smallprint 33
Sleep © smallprint 34
Social support and networks © smallprint 35
Relaxation techniques ‘Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.’ (Etty Hillesum) ‘There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them.’ (Sylvia Plath) © smallprint 36
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Summary Before leaving today please share: › 1 important thing you learned › 1 new practice you will undertake at work › 1 activity you enjoyed Thankyou for your attendance and participation. © smallprint 38
Two thoughts ‘Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency.’ (Natalie Goldberg) ‘Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness.’ (Richard Carlson) © smallprint 39
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