Workshop Outline

Managing Workload Stress helps particpants to a) Change the stressors that are within their ability to control, and b) Implement strategies that will help them better cope with the stressors that are outside of their control.  

This workshop can be provided in a full day, ¾ day or two half-days format.

Understanding Stress:

  • The negative consequences of stress. Understanding that stress isn’t just a “bad feeling”, but that it’s seriously counter productive – professionally and personally.

Organizing the details:

  • Organizing our tasks and information to feel in control, minimize the mental fatigue associated with trying to remember things, and prevent the stress (and extra work) that occurs when things “slip through the cracks”.
  • Reducing the clutter that overwhelms. And knowing where to find what we need, when we need it.

Managing the “back burner”:

  • Strategies to bring key priorities & deadlines off of the back burner, on to the front burner more often.
  • Reducing unnecessary crunch time and time pressures that come with late deadlines or priorities left undone.

Self Imposed Stress:

  • Taking the pressure off. Examining the way we put pressure on ourselves (i.e. I should be able to get everything done and make everyone happy). Identifying mind-sets and assumptions that aren’t necessarily valid and in fact work against the interests of our customers, our organizations and ourselves.

Taking Control:

  • One of the root causes of stress is a feeling that “we’re not getting anywhere”. Examining our personal goals (including self development) and creating an action plan to get back on track – raising self esteem, fostering a sense of control in our lives and reducing stress.

Emotional Strength:

  • Coping with stress through emotional strength. The importance of maintaining good personal relationships to share our problems and keep things in perspective.
  • Using recreation – hobbies, sports and personal interests – as a tool to help us detach from our stressors and recharge our batteries.

Physical Strength:

  • Building our physical resilience to stress.
  • Examining lifestyle factors (eating, sleeping, exercise) that can make a big difference.

Work Life Balance:

  • If we’re not taking care of ourselves, how long and how well will we be able to take care of others? Getting over the guilt.
  • Best practices to help us carve out time for ourselves.

The Action Plan:

  • Where do I most want to raise the bar?
  • How am I going to raise the bar?
  • What, specifically, am I committed to doing differently in the next 60 days?