STRESSMANAGEMENTIt’s not stress that kills us, it’s our reaction to it. Hans Selye
What is Stress?? Stress is what we feel as a result of how we experience ourselves, others and our external environments. It is a normal physical response to events that make you feel threatened or upset your balance in some way. The stress response is the body’s way of protecting you. – Helps you stay focused, energetic, and alert. – But beyond a certain point, stress stops being helpful and starts causing major damage to your health There can be positive and negative stress: Positive stress can result in our taking action to successfully solve problems- Motivational effect Negative stress can result in feelings of frustration, resentment and anger- Anxiety
Stress- Physical or Mental? The body doesn’t distinguish between physical and psychological threats. Chronic stress disrupts nearly every system in your body. High B.P, suppressed immune system, increased the risk of heart attack and stroke, infertility!! Long-term stress can even rewire the brain, leaving you more•Pain of any kind anxiety and depression. vulnerable to •Depression •Heart disease •Obesity •Digestive problems •Autoimmune diseases •Sleep problems •Skin conditions, such as eczema
Stress at Work What is Job Stress? Job stress can be defined as the harmful physical and emotional responses that occur when the requirements of the job do not match the capabilities, resources, or needs of the worker.
Stress at Work (contd.)Job Conditions That May Lead to Stress Design of Tasks. Heavy workload, infrequent rest breaks, long work hours and shift-work; hectic and routine tasks that have little inherent meaning, do not utilize workers skills, and provide little sense of control. Management Style. Lack of participation by workers in decision- making, poor communication in the organization, lack of family-friendly policies. Interpersonal Relationships. Poor social environment and lack of support or help from coworkers and supervisors. Work Roles. Conflicting or uncertain job expectations, too much responsibility, too many "hats to wear.“ Career Concerns. Job insecurity and lack of opportunity for growth, advancement, or promotion; rapid changes for which workers are unprepared. Environmental Conditions. Unpleasant or dangerous physical conditions such as crowding, noise, air pollution, or ergonomic problems.
Stress ManagementTechniques Yoga Gaming zones Book Shelves Team Games Corporate outings- a picnic for the organisational family Motivational lectures Movie Screenings
Yoga techniques for stress Management Breathing technique help relax and learn the various types of Pranayama. Can be done either lying down or sitting posture to ensure rhythmic breathing in and out. AUM chanting is soothing. Practice joint relaxing exercises and instant whole body relaxation techniques with deep breathing . A) Shavasan B) Makarasan C) Bhujangasan D) Shalabhasan E) Suptavajrasan F) Vakrasan G) Pranayama H) Meditation
The Corporate Health Benefits of Yoga Yoga is unique in the sense that it can be utilized for a variety of reasons. The breathing meditation portion of Yoga is especially beneficial for stress relief Movements of the various types of Yoga are designed to lengthen, strengthen and tone muscles. Furthermore, because these exercises are merely a deep and focused way of breathing they can be performed anywhere and at any time. This is beneficial to the corporation because relaxed, pain-free employees are far more likely to be productive than tense and achy ones.
The Google Experience Google headquarters is one of the most productive places in the world. Extraordinarily that productivity is achieved in a building that looks and feels more like a hotel and spa than a corporate headquarters. Instead of taking the elevator employees take the slides Instead of sitting in an ergonomically mis-built office chair Relax in massage chairs Hang out at the staff gyms, libraries, canteens
The Point? For years Google has been sending a powerful message to the corporate world that has mainly fallen on deaf ears: “We care about results and not how many hours you spend in the office”. Google provides its employees with a stress free work environment because stressed employees cannot be the productive, problem solving employees who launch corporations into the level of success Google is currently enjoying.
The Result? The result is that Google employees are a fiercely loyal, highly productive, highly creative, self-driven, corporate dream-team Employees are encouraged to take a relaxing coffee break or attend a Yoga class, at the corporate gym