Stress Management

by Helen Whitten

Introduction

Stress has a negative impact on performance and health. It is a business issue, not a ‘soft’ issue. It is also a human issue, as people feel pretty miserable when they are stressed and this affects relationships – both at work and at home.

This topic is designed to help you, as a manager, consider stress and why it is important to you and your team. It will give you an overview of the subject and provide you with some danger signs and behaviours that indicate when someone is stressed. It might be you!

You will find out what your own responsibilities are in providing an environment that is supportive to the needs of your staff. You will also learn tips and techniques that you and your team can apply in order to manage stress more effectively.

The key benefits of stress management are that it enables people to think clearly, make better decisions, communicate more collaboratively and access their creativity. And of course over the longer term, managing stress has a great benefit for peoples’ health.

You will learn how to prevent stress and also how to help people manage the inevitable pressure of today’s increasingly fast-paced workplace.

It makes business sense. I hope that you will find the information and methods included here helpful.

The perfect no-stress environment is the grave. When we change our perception we gain control. The stress becomes a challenge, not a threat. When we commit to action, to actually doing something rather than feeling trapped by events, the stress in our life becomes manageable.

Greg Anderson