Employee Stress Management

Sure you should eat well and exercise, but stress management in the workplace often requires more than oranges and jumping jacks.

Stress is always going to exist in workplaces. In fact, it is necessary for us to perform at our best. We need to have a sufficient level of stress to make things exciting, but not so much as to exhaust us. While we would like to have exactly the right amount of stress every day, this is not likely to be your reality.

What we teach to employees is a cognitive-behavioural approach to stress management which means that if you can control your thoughts about workplace stressors, you can control the physiological responses as well. This means that instead of spending the majority of your day in the “fight or flight” response which elevates blood pressure and releases harmful stress hormones or chemicals , we can learn to choose healthier responses to at least some of those things that may be outside of our control.

For those employees who are also dealing with mental health issues such as depression or anxiety, finding relief from stressors is much more complicated. While appropriate treatment by qualified health providers is of primary importance, we can help the work situation by working with employees to develop personal plans that allow them to stay productive during times of illness and recovery. Our experience in working with hundreds of employees experiencing mental health issues has provided us with a multitude of ideas and strategies that have worked.

For general employee stress management, or for specific employee situations, give us a call today at 905-689-7447 to see how we can help.