Stress management training is very useful in helping people avoid stress, as well as learning how to deal with it when it occurs. Identifying stress management at work can be easily over looked and only taken seriously when it is too late.
With many roles having flexible job definition boundaries, plus the increase in performance related roles, we are putting ourselves under more stress than ever. Practical stress management training with strategies and ideas can really help to alleviate and avoid stress.
Stress management training
Stress management training with ITD is very practical and gives participants the background knowledge to understand what stress is, where stress comes from and how we can try to avoid stress as well as combat it. We have been designing and delivering stress management training for years, and for a wide variety of roles. We make our training as role specific as possible, so that participants have the best chance of implementing their actions after the session. Our training is more workshop style than course, in that it is interactive and encourages the participants to discuss their situations and create new actions.
Typical challenges of participants on our stress management training.
- “I get to work really wound up by the journey as other drivers can be so inconsiderate.”
- “I am under a lot of pressure to perform from my boss.”
- “We want to buy a new home and this has added to the pressure I’m under.”
- “We’ve just received our targets for the year and they are really stretching.”
- “I have taken on a new team to manage there are some real challenges in there.”
By the end of the workshop participants will have:
- Reviewed the importance of stress awareness both personally, or as a manager.
- Reviewed ways for early identification of stress.
- A framework for identifying different stress behaviours based on work styles.
- Reviewed minor and major stressors.
- Gained ideas on how to manage stress.
- Developed a personal behavioural action plan with confidence levels.
Sress management training agenda
- The importance and impact of stress
- The reality of work stress
- What can be the impact of stress?
- Causes of stress
- Biological mechanisms
- Work & home life
- Minor stressors
- Major stressors
- Early warning signs of stress
- Destructive & Constructive responses
- Diagnosing suffering
- Suicide prevention
- Strategies, ideas and tips for managing stress
- Behavioural model
- Management styles and stress
- Management style model
- Managing stress
- Physical & cognitive remedies
- Helping colleagues / team through stress
- Workshop summary
- Personal action plans
Pre workshop activity
- Meeting to discuss the participant’s needs and those of the organisation.
- Draft workshop outline tailored to your needs.
- Agreement of agenda.
- Participants complete a short questionnaire.
Post workshop activity
- Participants leave with individual actions
- Email follow up of personal action plans
- Suggested conversation with their line manager on their actions
- Optional WebEx conference call follow up on these actions
- Optional 121 coaching
- ITD blog with further tips and suggestions
Sources of stress at work
- Over worked – Following the recession some organisations have avoided adding headcount to their teams. This has meant existing employees have had additional tasks and responsibilities leading to more work than they can manage and therefore stress.
- Lack of role clarity – In an increasingly dynamic work environment, role creep occurs. This is where the role increases without any formal recognition. Stress is created by the need to do more in the same amount of time.
- Personal situation – things that happen at home can have a huge impact at work.
- New role – Having a new job or new role can cause stress; Insecurity about ones ability to perform a new role; Relationship with new colleagues; Relationship with a new boss; Knowledge deficiencies.
Secretarial Managers in a UK law firm.
The Managers of the secretarial teams are required to oversee efficiency and productivity. The secretaries work in an environment which can be highly pressurised with heavy workloads and demanding clients. Their Managers need to ensure this stress is managed properly.
The Managers need to manage their own stress, that of their teams and help colleagues. They required practical tips and ideas to help with everyday situations, but also a little theory to give the ideas context.
We developed a half day workshop designed around the specific needs of these Managers. There was a blend of discussion, introducing models and frameworks.
- What is stress and how does it manifest itself in the firm?
- Identifying stress in lawyers and colleagues.
- Why is it important to manage and alleviate stress.
- Spotting the early signs of stress.
- Managing stressors in workload.
- Managing stressors in interpersonal relationships.
- Other training which can have an impact on stress.
- Personal actions.
- “Very practical training.”
- “Useful, good tips to manage everyday stress.”
- “It is a stressful environment with all the pressure we get from lawyers, so this was good training for us.”
- “Very useful ideas on how to combat stress.”
- “Very practical tips which I will implement tomorrow!”
- “I had not realised the power and importance of stress in my work life, I will take more notice now.
- “Very pleased in how the training was designed for our people.”
- “The workshop was very engaging and our guys were working on their challenges throughout the session.”
- “Good comfortable atmosphere created from the start.”
- “Achieved exactly what I wanted.”