Healthy Stress Programs – Resiliency & Mindfulness

Chronic Stress Turns Productivity Into Problems

80% of workers feel stress on the job
50% say they need help in learning how to manage stress
42% say their coworkers need such help

Stress on the job is not always a bad thing. Employers know that stress is what drives us to meet deadlines, solve problems, strive for excellence on the job, pursue a career, and even get to work on time! In these instances, stress is not harmful, but helpful and necessary, and helps us to be productive and efficient. But when you become overwhelmed with too many deadlines, too many problems to solve, too many tasks with not enough time to complete them, you set off a vicious cycle. You become less motivated to excel, your work suffers, you lose pride in your work, stress increases, leading to further demotivation. This is when stress jumps out of the productivity zone and into the danger zone where the negative effects of stress can start to appear.

Chronic stress is implicated with a number of health problems including high blood pressure, diabetes, insomnia, depression, headache, indigestion, frequent colds and flus, infertility, low back pain, neck pain, and much more. When a workplace relies on teamwork and cooperation with co-workers, stress can lead to issues with anger management, poor listening skills, poor communication skills, inability to keep up with assigned tasks, and absenteeism. Job stress is costly for employers, carrying an annual price tag of over $300 billion in the US 2 for accidents, absenteeism, employee turnover, decreased productivity, medical costs, insurance costs, and workers compensation awards. And we aren’t immune to it in Canada. Statistics Canada reported in 1999 that the annual cost of work time lost to stress was $12 billion. As of 2001, 40% of worker turnover was found to be due to stress, 3 costing employers an average of 120-200% of the salary of the position affected to replace the employee 4

About The Programs

We offer 2 unique and distinct 6-week programs to help your employees cope and adapt with stress.  Click below for more details on each:

+Healthy Stress Resiliency Program

The 6-Week Healthy Stress Program helps employees cope and adapt better with stress, by improving their ability to respond to stress-inducing work and life situations in a positive and constructive way. The program will build employees’ self-confidence, self-control, communication, and adaptability, enabling them to recognize and actively combat stress instead of allowing a stressful situation to impact job performance. Participants will learn how to stay in the productivity zone every day.

Weekly meetings are held over a 6-week period, led by Professional Health Practitioners. A new stress management tool will be taught and practiced each week, followed by a group discussion to allow participants to share their experiences with the group as they learn to live a healthy-stress lifestyle. Techniques, tools and knowledge transferred during this program will include:

  • Understand how stress affects body & mind
  • Understand how stress affects job performance & satisfaction
  • Individual evaluation of personal stressors
  • Realistic expectations and combatting perfectionism
  • Time management
  • Setting priorities
  • Muscle tension
  • Insomnia & disturbed sleep
+Healthy Mindfulness Program

The 6-week Healthy Mindfulness Program aims to help participants cope and adapt better to stress, by increasing mindful awareness of self and others. The types of mindfulness practices taught in this course are suitable for every type of person – especially those who find it difficult to “turn off” their overactive mind. The focus will be on learning to become more aware of the mind’s wanderings to be able to cope better with feelings of negative stress.

Weekly meetings are held over a 6-week period, led by Professional Health Practitioners. Each week, participants will be given a new tool to decrease and manage stress and increase mindfulness. There will also be a group discussion portion to allow participants to share their experiences (including obstacles and successes) with the group as they learn to increase their mindfulness. Techniques, tools and knowledge transferred during this program will include:

  • Understand how stress affects body & mind
  • Understand how stress affects job performance & satisfaction
  • Awareness exercises
  • Deep breathing exercises
  • Muscle relaxation
  • Self-awareness
  • Guided visualization
  • Yoga

The Healthy Stress Resiliency Program and the Healthy Mindfulness Program may be covered by extended health care benefits under services for Naturopathic Doctors and certified counselors.

Call us today to find out how these stress management employee wellness programs can help boost your employee wellness plan by encouraging a productive and healthy workplace.

Did You Know

62% of workers end the day with neck pain,   44% with eye fatigue, and 34% with difficulty sleeping from being too stressed-out 5
Disability claims have risen sharply in recent years, with the biggest increase in Long Term Disability for “mental-nervous conditions” 6
Corporations lose an average of 16 days in productivity annually for every worker due to stress, anxiety and depression 7

  1. Attitudes in the American Workplace VII
  2. American Institute of Stress
  3. Hoel, H., Sparks, K., & Cooper, C. The cost of Violence/Stress at work and the benefits of a violence/stress-free working environment. Interntational Labour Organisation, 2001
  4. Flash, What is the cost of employee turnover? Compensation & Benefits Review, 1997
  5. 2000 Integra Survey
  6. Making the Disability Connection, Canadian Healthcare Manager, April/May, 1999)
  7. American Psychological Association, 1996