Bespoke training, coaching and mentoring
If your company has issues with absenteeism or presenteeism; poor communications between staff and customers; staff showing a lack of pride in the job; cross-functional team disrespect; mediocre reputation or other such negative indicators then give me a call! If your staff are showing signs of stress, have adopted coping strategies which are unhelpful or are making poor decisions which are costing you money then you really need my help and should get in touch as soon as possible!
Additionally I run shorter courses on different aspects of resilience enhancement – anything from a 2-hour ‘taster’ session on ‘Mindfulness’ to training workshops held over several weeks which cover all aspects of stress, stress management and resilience development.
Teaching is very stressful; a recent National Union of Teachers (NUT) survey found that 66% of all teaching staff recognise that the symptoms of stress and anxiety they are experiencing are due to the constant pressure of expectations from self, colleagues and government. Excessive release of stress hormones can increase the chances of putting on weight, which is not ideal for teachers who need to keep fit. Resilience training incorporating relaxation, mindfulness, nutrition, exercise and other tools and techniques can ensure teachers stay fit and healthy in mind and body and can meet or exceed performance targets.
In 2012, the Law Society found that in a survey of 2,267 practising solicitors, 95% reported negative stress in their working lives with 17% reporting severe or extreme levels of stress at work (article published in the Law Society Gazette, accessed on-line). Incorporating resilience-enhancement strategies into the company culture or running courses to inform staff of best well-being choices ensure highest performance levels at work. It has been shown that 40-60% of the higher learning centres in the medial pre-frontal cortex in the brain are switched off when stressed which impairs communication and decision-making. Mindfulness particularly can help staff focus on the moment to reduce stress hormone release and increase brain activity.
The UK Government has recognised that British business cannot contribute as fully to the country’s wealth at it could be doing if leaders, managers and staff are not fit for work, hence the 2013 report on building the case for well-being and the establishment of the All-party Working Party on Wellbeing Economics this year. The Working Party has recommended that doctors and nurses should have training in mindfulness, that people should have stable jobs, that there should be more investment in arts and culture, more green spaces and more recycling; all are very worthy! But mindfulness is only a very small part of resilience enhancement – there are other tools and techniques which can be learnt and adopted to improve performance, increase productivity and grow profits. Lifestyle and business improvement changes can work hand-in hand to help you perform better at work, rest and play.
Successive reports from the Trades Union Congress ranked stress as the main hazard to workers (leaders, managers and staff) in the transport and communications industries, yet although there are guidelines in place to improve occupational health and there have been reports on protecting mental health, the proactive teaching of understanding of self, improvement in emotional intelligent and how the effects of stressors can be minimised has not been adopted. There are simple, user-friendly, easy-to-adopt strategies which I teach which can help reduce levels of personal stress and the impact of stressors on others quickly and safely.