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  • Esther Orioli 8:55 am on February 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Business leaders highlight worker health as a priority 

    Leaders at the recent World Economic Forum emphasized the importance of worker wellness.

    Worker health has long been a concern for business leaders, but perhaps never quite to this extent. At this year's World Economic Forum, topics related to workplace wellness took center stage, as representatives around the world highlighted the need for comprehensive programs specifically dedicated to solving related issues. 

    Klaus Schwab, the founder and executive chairman of the Forum, emphasized this point in his opening address. 

    "In today's environment of economic uncertainty, individuals, institutions and countries are striving for greater adaptability and resilience against setbacks while continuing towards improving competitiveness in an ever-changing world," wrote Schwab. "In this context, organizations, in their role as employers, have an even greater responsibility to nurture employee resilience."

    One of the driving impetuses behind these initiatives is the alarm surrounding employee stress. Per the World Health Organization (WHO), there are 350 million sufferers of stress-related depression worldwide, making it a leading contributor to problems like disability, heart disease and cancer. These sorts of problems negatively impact both the sufferer and the company for which she or he works. 

    The WHO emphasizes that creating a healthy, positive environment for employees isn't just about removing possible causes of stress, it's about promoting healthy conditions. That's your job as an executive. While a certain amount of stress is unavoidable in the workplace, the problem reaches crises levels when workers feel like they are unsupported and don't have the tools to cope with the demands that are made of them.

    As human capital stress and resiliency experts, Essi Systems knows how damaging stress can be to employees and the bottom line. That's why we've been dedicated to the study and treatment of stress in the workplace for more than 30 years. Essi's 21 Day Club technology platform, featuring Resiliency Map, provides employees with a business-proven, engaging system to assess their resiliency and build new coping skills to manage stress and improve health and performance.

  • Esther Orioli 7:55 am on January 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Study: Americans acknowledge stress, yet struggle to reduce it 

    For most people, the problem of stress in the workplace is not getting any better. In a recent Stress in America survey, just 20 percent said that their stress levels had decreased in the past year. For the overwhelmingly majority, it had either stayed the same or increased.

    And it's not for lack of trying.

    Over the past half-decade, 60 percent of Americans have tried to reduce their stress. However, most of those people did not adequately do so, despite many acknowledging that their levels are higher than what they would consider healthy.

    Just 37 percent say that they are doing an excellent or very good job at managing stress. This, despite the fact that nearly two thirds believe that it affects their physical and/or mental health. This has lead to a variety of unhealthy side effects , such as poor sleep (42 percent), poor diet (36 percent) or skipped meals (27 percent). 

    Part of the problem is that the stress management techniques they use are ultimately not addressing the root causes of their stress. Thirteen percent admitted to using alcohol as a coping mechanism, and over one third reported that they watch more than two hours of television per day in order to help cope with stress. 

    At Essi Systems, stress and resiliency is our business. We're a human capital solutions company with a keen, research-based, business-tested understanding of the problems that stress can cause people and cost businesses. That's why we provide stress mastery and resiliency building solutions that are proven to help employees target their stressors and improve energy, health and performance.

  • Esther Orioli 12:32 pm on January 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    It always happens right about now…. 

    I start hearing stories from friends who are beating themselves up about their failed New Years resolutions. Who fell off the diet, who went back to sugar, who has already stopped going to the gym after a brief time of 5 days a week, who can’t stop smoking, who wanted to spend more quality time with family. It’s painful really. And avoidable really.

    I tried to talk with them before they started down this path. And they did politely listen. I suppose I should feel a certain smug “I told you so” glory – yet no such thing. Their angst prompts me to get better at communicating the truths I know about how to change behaviors. And, believe me, I get it. It hurts to fail at something you really thought you could do and had announced prematurely to so many people. How many times I wished I had kept my own mouth shut about some goal before its time.

    When consoling my disenchanted friends and colleagues, the first thing I want them to know is that they haven’t done anything wrong. They didn’t fail because they are weak or lazy. They failed because they don’t have the right model for making change. Period.

    Most people set big goals and hope for grandiose results. This is the first ingredient in the recipe for failure. Start instead with small, manageable behaviors, and pick just one. Our research has shown that, despite what the multi-taskers tell you, working on two or more tasks at a time ends in doing none of them well.

    When you want to finish a project, stop fighting with your spouse, manage stress, be more adaptable or the one everybody wants to do – lose weight, you have to use the right model to get to the finish line and not just to January 15th.

    Helping people make change simply, successfully and as painlessly as possible is what I do for a living. I want folks to be successful at making change with a model that really works. And for sure, I don’t want to hear this litany from my loved ones again next January. You’ve got one year starting right now….

    Check out my video! Change Is A Pain

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