Personal Effectiveness and Responsibility
Stress and pressure are part of daily life. The modern world has speeded up everything and our response to any kind of inquiry or expectation of us is expected to be almost instant. And yet, there seem to be people who are really good at managing the stress or significant pressure in their lives.
Even though some people deal with stress better than others, everyone in the working world has to manage the pressure upon them wisely. And make no mistake, workplace stress has become a very important health issue in the world today. Consider some of these statistics gathered by the U.S. National Institute of Health recently:
- 80% of workers reported their job was very or extremely stressful;
- 50% viewed their jobs as the number one stressor in their lives;
- 80% of employees believe that workers have more on-the-job stress than a generation ago;
- 40% of workers felt quite a bit or extremely stressed at work;
- 30% of workers said they were “often or very often burned out or stressed by their work”;
Understanding the nature of stress at a detailed level is the basis upon which we can start to manage it effectively. The “Stress and Wellness Assessment” (see link below) provides a simple but thorough process by which we can better understand our own stress handling skills. The instrument measures stress and general well-being in seven separate but related categories. These are:
- Physical Fitness
- Nutrition And Diet
- Personal Well-Being
- Emotional Balance
- Emotional Habits and Control
- Work Life
This online and paper-based stress assessment gives individuals the opportunity to not only carry out a self-assessment (which provides scores and interpretive information in all seven of the above categories) but also allows participants to undertake the stress assessment as 180-degree feedback (including his or her boss) and even 360-degree feedback (adding in up to ten colleagues as well). Individuals end up with a personalized report of results which also then shows where efforts to improve or make small adjustments in approach may be focused in the future. The $20 spent on this assessment is therefore well-worth the investment.