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Workplace Stress:Free choice subject
The real causes and what you can
do about them

A one-day training course with tutors: Julia Welstead or Jennifer Broadley
CPD Certificate (6 hours)

What you will gain from attending:

  • The fundamental reasons people become stressed and why simple, easy-to-implement changes can make a big difference
  • Why being stretched is good for us – but being stressed isn’t
  • The key differences between a healthy working environment and a stressful one
  • Raising group intelligence and improving team cohesion
  • How to deal with tyrannical behaviour and emotional abuse
  • Why boredom is so destructive
  • The real source of motivation – and how we can tap into this
  • An understanding of the route from chronic stress to anxiety disorders, depression and/or physical illness
  • How to identify important stress warning signals
  • A toolkit of proven, easy-to-learn, stress busting techniques
  • Gender differences in stress responses
  • A new perspective on the workplace as a living organism
  • The truth behind the common myth about stress
  • Knowledge of the factors that undermine intelligent performance
  • The 'Human Function Curve' – what we all need to function well
  • Why context is important
  • The blueprint for a structure that nurtures staff wellbeing and encourages optimum performance
  • Course notes, CPD Certificate and more...

Why this course is needed

The levels of anxiety and stress in the workplace are increasing across the board, posing a risk to most organisations and businesses – stress impacts on efficiency and profitability and thereby everyone’s long-term security – and making the lives of countless employees a misery.

We urgently need to turn this situation around yet there is generally a lack of coherent thinking about the underlying causes of stress in our working lives. When people are under stress in the workplace for any length of time it often results in mental and physical illness and employers and employees need to meet this challenge intelligently.

This course looks at the root causes of stress and at the difference between being healthily stretched and unhealthily stressed.

It explores the human givens perspective on why stress levels can become chronic and dangerous and cause a whole range of symptoms such as exhaustion, back pain, headaches, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, anger disorders, heart disease and alcohol or drug dependency. Any of these symptoms will undermine motivation, ensure poor performance, lower productivity, sour colleague relationships and increase absenteeism and staff turnover.

For most of us, work takes up a significant proportion of our life. Nobody sets out to deliberately raise their stress levels at work or anywhere else, and yet for many of us chronic stress caused by our working life can get in the way of our enjoyment, performance and overall sense of achievement.

Jennifer Broadley outlines what is needed to tackle these problems: how to stay calm and build emotional resilience whilst developing a working environment that enhances wellbeing as well as profitable performance. She shows how a ‘pulling together’ effect takes hold when all levels of the company can see the broader context of their work and appreciate others’ perspectives. As a result, efficiency improves, sick leave and staff turnover are reduced and overall productivity and profit are optimised: a win-win situation.

Who should attend?

  • Anyone working in a stressful environment
  • Anyone who feels they are fire-fighting increasing rates of work-generated anxiety disorders, depression, addiction and psychosomatic illnesses
  • Managers at all levels, including those running a corporation, business or organisation
  • Anyone in Human Resources or Occupational Health who helps people suffering symptoms of stress including:– business coaches; psychotherapists; counsellors; clinical psychologists; psychiatrists; GPs; psychiatric nurses; health visitors; nurses; pastoral workers; chaplains; social workers; youth workers; occupational therapists etc
  • Anyone wanting to learn more about the latest effective strategies for alleviating emotional disturbance – whether for professional or personal reasons

Course Programme

'Workplace Stress: the real causes and what you can do about them' starts at 9.30am and runs until 4.00pm.

The day's programme

Registration: 8.30am to 9.30am (Tea or coffee served until 9.25am)

9.30am – The amazing human brain at work

  • How we function as a successful species – the givens of human nature
  • The APET™ model: the fundatmental relationship between emotions and thought that shouldn't be ignored
  • What really motivates people at work – and why understanding this benefits us all
  • Exploring the Human Function Curve – and its relevance to the workplace
  • Important warning symptoms of stress overload – physical, emotional and mental
  • The disturbing consequences of prolonged stress

11.00am – Discussion over tea/coffee

11.30am – Creating a healthier working environment for all

  • Seeing your work organisation as a living entity
  • Isolating the key causes of stress at work
  • The six-step framework for healthy organisational practice
  • The importance of context
  • Overcoming the intrinsic tedium of a repetitive workload
  • How to improve group intelligence and team cohesion
  • The importance of avoiding confusing language
  • The Motivation at Work Audit

1.00pm – Lunch (included)

1.45pm – Stress busters

  • Physical strategies to calm your mind and help you think more clearly
  • Changing what you can; accepting what you can’t
  • How to deal with tyrants, bullies and emotional abuse
  • Energy management: learning to align focus and effort with meaningful purpose
  • Recognising our own learned conditioning, and that of others
  • Understanding and overcoming performance anxiety
  • How to avoid work stress spilling over into your personal life

2.45pm – Discussion over tea/coffee

3.00pm – How to take these ideas into your workplace

  • Open discussion of what we've covered in relation to your own experiences and place of work
  • Cultivating productive conditions for a good working life
  • Making your place of work part of a life that works
  • Summary of what we have learnt from the day

4.00pm — Day ends

Places are limited on this new course
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Workplace Stress – the real causes and
what you can to do about them

Thursday 10th May 2018                         Edinburgh

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To book by phone call 01323 811690.
Alternatively, you can download an application form and post or fax it to:
Human Givens College, Chalvington, East Sussex, BN27 3TD.
 00 44 (0)1323 811486

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