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Use our stress management programs for corporations to boost productivity and lessen stress in the workplace
Workplace stress costs U.S. employers an estimated $200 billion per year in absenteeism, lower productivity, staff turnover, workers’ compensation, medical insurance and other stress-related expenses. Considering this, offering stress management programs to your employees may be your business’s most important opportunity of the 21st century. Recent studies in Great Britain show that stress is the major cause of absence from work. (80% of all illnesses and half the sick days taken are stress related.) 12.8 million working days per year are lost due to stress in Great Britain, and the population of the United States is six times larger! The Royal Mail (the British postal service) introduced a health and well-being program in 2010, and as a result they reduced absence due to sickness by a third and increased productivity by 12%.
Your company is likely experiencing turnover due to stress
A 2011 New York Times survey of employed people looking for new jobs found that workplace stress played a role in 75% of the job seekers’ decisions to look for other work.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH, which is part of the Centers for Disease Control) describes workplace stress as one of the 10 leading causes of work-related disease and injury. NIOSH describes it as a safety issue, not just as an unfortunate consequence of work.
Medical research shows that high levels of stress over a long period of time can lead to:
High blood pressure • Heart disease • Problems with metabolism, and particularly the metabolism of glucose • Weakened immune functions • Impaired cognitive performance • Suppressed thyroid function • Blood sugar imbalances such as hyperglycemia • Increased abdominal fat and obesity • Increased use of alcohol, recreational drugs, medications and tobacco.
The “soft costs” of stress are hidden yet substantial
Stressed employees work at less than their full efficiency, are prone to illness, and they require a substantial amount of days off from work. Although all of this suffering and lost time does not show up in any one place on the balance sheet, it is costing your company a lot, and it is costing your employees a lot also, emotionally and health-wise.
When your employees learn how to manage their stress, your company winds up with a healthier, happier, and more productive workforce. It is a win-win for all involved.
So, what to do?
You can offer your employees a stress management program that teaches them how to cultivate emotional balance and peace of mind.
They will improve their ability to:
- Focus on solutions rather than problems
- Communicate more effectively
- Maintain a state of emotional balance
- Have reasoned reactions to workplace demands
- Increase self-awareness and appreciation for others
- Raise levels of personal resilience and health
- Deal with conflict and crisis in a low key, productive manner.
Seishindo Stress Management Offerings for Corporations:
1. Online learning & practice
We can work with your IT department to have our modules hosted on and streamed from your corporate network and create a customized program. Or, we can offer your staff access to our modules from our website which can be streamed or downloaded onto your employees’ computers and various mobile devices. In addition, we would also be willing to create a private section of our website which could only be accessed by your company and the exercises customized to your liking. Please contact us with your ideas and I am sure we can set up something that works for you.
Our programs are designed for people to use during their leisure time. This is especially so because the programs are designed to teach people how to change their “everyday” reaction to the stressors in their life. They start first with learning how to change themselves, and then over time they develop the skills to be more resilient and solution-oriented at work.
You can see the details of our current offering, Traditional Japanese Stress Management, program by clicking here. Others, such Stress Management for Business Professionals, are coming soon. You and your employees can also watch and listen to one of the lessons in this program, titled “Mushin Breathing“. It is available to try out on our website without obligation or registration. If you are an HR professional and would like to discuss other options, please feel free to contact me.
2. Half day in-house classes
We will teach your staff the basics of stress management and use our online course to strengthen and deepen their experience. This offers your staff the best of both worlds. In-person training that is supplemented by the opportunity to take what was learned and use it outside the classroom in their daily lives.
3. Executive Coaching (Video sessions and In-person)
This service can be either completely separate from our stress management program, or engaged in as an adjunct. If you are not located in the same city as one of our coaches, you will be pleased to know that we have a lot of experience doing video sessions, with our clients consistently reporting high levels of satisfaction and results.
Our executive coaching can help in the areas of:
Stress management • Building and maintaining healthy work relationships • Becoming more solution oriented • Time management • Anger Management • Collaborative Communication • Overcoming the trap of micro-managing.
We have a worldwide network of experienced coaches.
Interested? Contact me to find out more…
You can contact me to find out more about our programs and how we can tailor it for the specific your company, including program content, delivery, and length.
Write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can begin a conversation!
Read along further to find out details about our programs, if you would like to find out more.
The basis of the Seishindo Stress Management program
Seishindo melds together the latest in neuroscience, with the theories and practices of Aikido, Noguchi Sei Tai, clinical hypnosis, and mindfulness.
Active participants will learn how to master their internal and external realities. By learning how to bring their attention under conscious control, they will profoundly change their relationship with the world and cultivate a feeling of calm confidence.
The similarity between stress management and weight loss
Have you ever gone on a weight loss program, or do you know someone else who has? One rule of thumb is universally accepted — the faster you lose weight over a short period of time, the more likely your weight will rebound up again.
Learning how to manage stress is similar in many ways to managing your weight. Slow and steady over the long haul will get you much better, longer lasting results than quickly trying to reach your goal. Re-programming old habits is crucial to long-term success.
Re-programming old habits
We have an evolutionary predisposition to pay attention to anything and everything that concerns our safety and well-being. We are programmed by nature to do so.
Many employees have become hyper-vigilant, paying a great deal of attention to everything and anything that could possibly go wrong. In the process they miss out on the many positively-oriented possibilities that also exist.
When people are feeling stressed they perceive themselves and the world around them in a tight focus. It is like looking at the world through a telephoto lens. A lens that only allows for a narrow field of view and a magnified image of the perceived problem.
When a person’s perspective of the world changes to a wide angle lens, they become more mindful and realize that they have only been constructing one of many possible realities. When a person slows down, breathes fully, and adjusts their posture, they change the way they attend to the world and what they believe to be possible. They become more mindful.
What is mindfulness?
Wikipedia describes mindfulness as- “A psychological quality that involves bringing one’s complete attention to the present experience on a moment-to-moment basis. It involves paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.”
And this is what our program teaches people.
Research on the efficacy of mindfulness training has been done by many highly regarded universities such as Harvard, UCLA, UVA, University of Pennsylvania, and many other schools as well. Not only has mindfulness training proven to be highly effective, but it has already been successfully employed by many organizations throughout the world, including the U.S. military.
Research shows that mindfulness training leads to a significant increase in the brain’s grey matter, which is responsible for sustained attention, emotional regulation and perception. Not only do people increase their level of attention and concentration, mindfulness training has also been proven to help with stress, anxiety, depression, addictions, and various physical conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, chronic pain, and fibromyalgia.
In the bottom-line world of business, participants of mindfulness programs exhibit enhanced decision-making capabilities, better relationships with their colleagues, and a calmer more solution-oriented way of dealing with the need to change and be creative.
You can see the details of our Traditional Japanese Stress Management Program, or you can send me an email at email@example.com and we can schedule a conversation and discuss your needs and how we could tailor our program to fit your company.
Learn how to stay balanced, and life can be great fun!
“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
— Wayne Dyer
“I stand by my belief that stress is the difference between your expectations and reality.”
— Ricardo Semler
“A crisis is just the end of an illusion.”
— Gerald M. Weinberg