It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.  How are you reacting this time of year?   According to a poll by the American Psychological Association, nearly a quarter of Americans reported feeling “extreme stress” during the holiday season.  Statistics show that up to 69-percent of people are stressed during the holidays by having a “lack of time,” and the same percentage say they are stressed by perceiving a “lack of money.” And, 51-percent are stressed out about the “pressure to give or get gifts.”

There are many things that cause stress, and it should be pointed out that stress can be good as well as bad. Many events happen to you that put stress on your body. The human body is designed to experience stress and react to it. Stress can be positive, keeping you alert and engaged. Stress becomes negative when a person faces continuous challenges without relief or relaxation between challenges.

Any job can have stressful elements, even if you love what you do. Excessive stress can obstruct your productivity and impact your physical and emotional health. Your ability to deal with it can mean the difference between success and failure.

Stress at work can be defined as responses that are harmful, either physically or emotionally, and that take place when the requirements of the job do not match the capabilities, resources or needs of the worker.

Ideally, in a healthy work environment, pressure on employees is relevant to their abilities, and to the amount of control they have over their work, and the support they receive. If you are a leader or manager, you must be aware of matching employees and their abilities to their role within the company. Half the solution to any problem is being aware of it. You must listen to your employees and watch out for signs of stress. There are many signs to look for, such as declines in productivity, quality, teamwork, and morale.

However, there are now assessment tools we can use to identify where your positive and negative stress is coming from.    We can measure stress across seven factors including:

  • Demands Index – Stress is created when your demands exceed the time to complete them.
  • Effort/Reward Index – Workplace stress arises when there is a significant perceived disconnect between effort and rewards.
  • Manager Supervisor Index – Positive or negative stress can come from your leader/supervisor.

Once you discover where your negative stress is coming from you can implement action plans to reduce it.  In the holiday spirit, our team at Stop The Vanilla wants to offer you a free Stress Quotient Assessment and the gift of stress reduction.  Please email us at info@stopthevanilla.comto receive your free stress assessment. 

We want to wish you, your team, organization and family a stress-free Christmas and a profitable 2019.   Those Who Plan – Profit!