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Identifying & Managing Stress. 1967 – a significant year? Dartford tunnel opened Sergeant Pepper album released Average house price £3,840 Ford Cortina was £749 new Petrol was 27p a gallon First heart transplant took place. Identifying & Managing Stress. 1967 – a significant year?

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Identifying & Managing Stress

1967 – a significant year?

  • Dartford tunnel opened

  • Sergeant Pepper album released

  • Average house price £3,840

  • Ford Cortina was £749 new

  • Petrol was 27p a gallon

  • First heart transplant took place


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Identifying & Managing Stress

1967 – a significant year?

Holmes & Rahe introduced the first

model to measure stress

Social Readjustment Rating Scale


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1967 Social Readjustment Rating Scale

Life Event

Death of a Spouse

Divorce

Marital separation

Imprisonment

Death of close family member

Personal injury or illness

Marriage

Life Change Units

100

73

65

63

63

53

50


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1967 Social Readjustment Rating Scale

Life Event

Dismissal from work

Change in financial state

Major mortgage

Change in responsibilities at work

Change of working hours or conditions

Change in sleeping habits

Life Change Units

47

38

32

29

20

16


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What could this look like in 2009?

Life Event

Dismissal from work

Change in financial state

Major mortgage

Change in responsibilities at work

Change of working hours or conditions

Change in sleeping habits

Life Change Units

47 now 75

38 now 72

32 now 64

29 now 50

20 now 58

16 now 52


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Stress and the Recession

  • Different trends appearing

  • Downsizing

  • Pressure on employees

  • Fear of losing jobs

  • More signs of stress related illnesses

  • Less communication

  • Loss of key staff


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Case Study

Chris – Managing Director

  • Responsible for downsizing programme

  • Communicates all changes to staff

  • Insufficient support from exec team

  • Worrying constantly, anxious and stressed

  • Work/life balance issue


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Case Study

Chris – Managing Director

  • Began stress management coaching

  • Identified key stressors

  • Introduced preventative measures

  • Benefit to work and personal life


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Common Causes of Work Related Stress

  • Unachievable deadlines

  • High workload

  • Bullying

  • Conflict

  • Travelling

  • Working long hours

  • Taking work home

  • Poor time management


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Common Symptoms of Stress

  • Headaches

  • Migraines

  • Anxiety/panic attacks

  • Unnecessary worrying

  • Insomnia

  • Fatigue

  • Lack of self-esteem

  • Depression

  • Mental Wellbeing

  • Mood swings

  • Anger & aggression

  • High Blood Pressure

  • Heart problems

  • Addictions


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Facts about Stress

  • 1 in 6 employees find their job too stressful.

  • Employees suffering with stress underperform by over 30%.

  • The cost of stress per employee is £800-£1,000pa.

  • 13.5 million lost working days in Britain in 2007/08.

  • Stress and mental ill-health now represents 40% of all incapacity benefit in the UK.

  • Cases of litigation are on the increase.


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What action can you take?

  • Assess the risk of workplace stress

  • Identify, reduce and manage the problems

  • Get expert advice on future prevention

  • Introduce corporate wellbeing initiatives

  • Communicate with employees

  • Share best practices