Creating a robust and effective well-being strategy designed to boost productivity, performance, and profit.
The amygdala (Latin, corpus amygdaloideum) is an almond-shape set of neurons located deep in the brain’s medial temporal lobe. Shown to play a key role in the processsing of emotions, the amygdala forms part of the limbic system.
AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM
Sympathetic nervous system
Fight or flight – stress response
The sympathetic nervous system directs the body’s rapid involuntary response to dangerous or stressful situations. A flash flood of hormones boosts the body’s alertness and heart rate, sending extra blood to the muscles
Parasympathetic nervous system
Rest and digest, feed and breed
The parasympathetic nervous system is one of three divisions of the autonomic nervous system. Sometimes called the rest and digest system, the parasympathetic system conserves energy as it slows the heart rate, increases intestinal and gland activity, and relaxes sphincter muscles in the gastrointestinal tract.
- These two systems cannot be activated simultaneously.
The boiling frog is a fable describing a frog being slowly boiled alive. The premise is that if a frog is put suddenly into boiling water, it will jump out, but if the frog is put in tepid water which is then brought to a boil slowly, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death. The story is often used as a metaphor for the inability or unwillingness of people to react to or be aware of sinister threats that arise gradually rather than suddenly.
MANAGING PERSONAL STRESS
What are you feeling when there is a trigger?
- Can you eliminate the source
- Can you reduce your exposure?
- Can you change how you deal with it?
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- Be aware
- Manage notifications
- Manage expectations
- Remove phone / tech from bedroom
Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state.
Mindfulness is the psychological process of purposely bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment without judgment, which one can develop through the practice of meditation and through other training.
20 MINUTE RULE
There is an easy trick that you can use in order to forge new goal habits to help you accomplish the goals behind the dreams that make up your ideal life: It’s called the 20 Minute Rule. The 20 Minute Rule is a simple three-step process. … Devote 20 minutes a day to that new goal habit.
- Reduce exposure to stress
- Manage large projects
- Work ahead of time
JLD resilience and wellbeing survey report 2019
TANGIBLE AND INTANGIBLE COSTS THAT STRESS BRINGS IN TO YOUR BUSINESS
Stress is taking its toll on our society and costing the NHS over 165,000 bed days per year with a cost to the public of £71.1 million. The UK is facing a mental health crisis and it is largely due to our broken economic system.
- Poor performance
- Do the bare minimum
- Reduced profitability
- Lost productivity
- Stiffle innovation
- Lose best people
- No job satisfaction
Rosch (2001) also estimated that stress costs the US economy US$300 billion annually, this figure being based on Albrecht’s (1979) conservative estimate of the annual cost of stress-related absence and staff turnover of US$150 billion.
|Tangible Costs||Intangible Costs|
|Hours lost||Delays / missed deadlines|
|Company sick pay /SSP||Lost productivity of others picking up slack|
|Temporary Cover||Effect on team wellbeing|
|Return to work||Effect on manager / you|
- Reduce sick days
- Best performance
- Enthusiasm and engagement
- Increase profitability
- Reduce recruitment costs
Deloitte 2017 UK research says wellbeing strategy ROI 400%
5 STEP FRAMEWORK
- Accept – treat stress like any other business issue
- Provide for it in the same way as other human needs at work (such as water, food etc)
- We need data, knowledge
- Well being audit,
- Set goals
- Why are you implementing a wellness strategy?
- Who will manage it, HR?
- What is it you are going to focus on
- How are you going to implement it?
- Where, office workers vs warehouse employees?
- When can we implement it?
- Empowerment to handle stress
- Hydration 3-4% dehydration reduce work performance by 25-50%
- Management styles and consistency
- Training / education
- Support for stress
- Culture / behaviours
- Mission and values
- Email, phone
REALITY CHECK (AVOID)
- Activities that only a few will benefit from
- Fashion (unless it adds real value)
- One size fits all
- Double standard
- HR doing wellbeing
- Giant leaps
- Forced imposition
- Increasing targets
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