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Workplace stress

A brief overview of the effect of stress in the workplace

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Workplace stress

  1. 1. Stress and Distress in the Workplace A Brief Overview By Allan Doane, CHt. Portions of this presentation are © 2010 Seth-Deborah Roth. Used by Permission.
  2. 2. The Big Picture <ul><li>Some Statistics of Stress </li></ul><ul><li>What is Stress Exactly? </li></ul><ul><li>The Challenge of Stress </li></ul><ul><li>How Does Stress Affect Us? </li></ul><ul><li>What To Do About It </li></ul>
  3. 3. Some Statistics of Stress <ul><li>The American Psychological Association identified these stats in 2004 (well before the current economic environment) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>45% of workers identify job insecurity as a significant impact on work stress levels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>61% of workers list heavy workloads as a significant impact on work stress levels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>54% of workers are concerned about health problems caused by stress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>62% of Americans say work has a significant impact on stress levels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>73% of Americans name money as the number one factor that affects their stress level </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Statistics on Stress & Depression <ul><li>Eight to 20 percent of older adults experience symptoms of depression. (Surgeon General’s Report on Mental Health 1999) </li></ul><ul><li>Depression often co-occurs with anxiety disorders and substance abuse. (National Institutes of Mental Health) </li></ul><ul><li>Approximately 6 million American men suffer from depression. (National Institutes of Mental Health) </li></ul><ul><li>Nearly twice as many American women as men are affected by depression. (National Institutes of Mental Health) </li></ul><ul><li>Approximately 18.8 million American adults have depression (National Institutes of Mental Health) </li></ul>
  5. 5. More Statistics <ul><li>75 to 90 percent of the visits made to primary care physicians result from stress or stress related disorders. ( Source: American Institute of Stress ) </li></ul><ul><li>More and more children are complaining of stress </li></ul><ul><li>Stress often makes college students sick because it has a negative impact on immune systems. ( Source: </li></ul><ul><li>One factor contributing to increasing levels of substance abuse amongst teenagers is related to their perception of their level of stress. </li></ul>
  6. 6. What is Stress Exactly? <ul><li>A state resulting from a stress; especially : one of bodily or mental tension resulting from factors that tend to alter an existent equilibrium (Merriam-Webster dictionary) </li></ul><ul><li>Forces from the outside world impinging on the individual. Stress is a normal part of life that can help us learn and grow. Conversely, stress can cause us significant problems. </li></ul><ul><li>Stress releases powerful biochemicals and hormones that prepare us for action (to fight or flee). </li></ul><ul><li>Now, the most commonly accepted definition of stress (attributed to Richard Lazarus) is that stress is a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilize. </li></ul>
  7. 7. In Other Words...
  8. 9. The Challenge of Stress <ul><li>It's EVERYWHERE and it Affects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Nervous System </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Endocrine System </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Respiratory System </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Cardiovascular System </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Muscular-Skeletal System </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Gastrointestinal System </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Reproductive System </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And more. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 10. The Challenge of Stress (cont'd) <ul><li>Stress causes dozens of symptoms </li></ul><ul><li>Emotionally: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Depression </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anxiety </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Irritability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Withdrawal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Crying </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hostility & Anger </li></ul></ul>
  10. 11. The Challenge of Stress (cont'd) <ul><li>Stress causes dozens of symptoms </li></ul><ul><li>Physically: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Frailty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Functional decline </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cardiovascular disease </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Osteoporosis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inflammatory arthritis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Type 2 diabetes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Certain cancers </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. And that doesn't begin to address the effects Of what we choose to DO about our stress...
  12. 13. How Does Stress Affect Us? <ul><li>When we choose behaviors to cope </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Smoking (Lung cancer & Emphysema) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Overeating (Obesity) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Excessive Drinking (Alcoholism) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recreational Drug Use (Addiction) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We actually compound the negative symptoms of the stress itself </li></ul>
  13. 14. What To Do About It? <ul><li>I have a non-medicinal program that is designed from the ground up to eliminate stress and its effects. </li></ul><ul><li>It will work with groups as well as with individuals and change lives and workplaces for the better. </li></ul><ul><li>Call me to schedule a time when I can demonstrate its effectiveness. </li></ul><ul><li>Allan Doane – 866-512-6246 </li></ul><ul><li>Call today to so I can help YOU. </li></ul>