According to the American Heart Association’s recent Resiliency in the Workplace: An Evidence Review and Implications for Practice Study, two in three employees report work as a major stressor. One in five adults experience depressive illnesses, including but not limited to major depressive disorders and bipolar disorders. Routine stress can plays a part of the onset to these disorders. Annually, the U.S. spends $190 billion on work related stress and $211 billion on poor mental health including anxiety and depression. (AHA, 2017) Stress and its repercussion has a major impact on today’s workforce.
Employees in the workplace may be familiar with the early signs of stress in several different dimensions of wellbeing. The different wellbeing dimension include physical, emotional, social, cognitive/intellectual, spiritual and occupational. The key for effective stress management and resiliency is to know ones warning signs and address them early. If an employee fails to identify the early warning signs of stress and address them effectively, occupational effects eventually happen, including being less engaged, less cooperative, less conscientious, burned-out, withdrawn and depressed. (Bennett, 2014) These same negative effects happen at home as well. These occupational effects increase the rate of presenteeism, which in turn leads to lost productive.
My CapStone project uses the National Wellness Institute sponsored Resiliency training developed by Joel Bennett, PhD. Resiliency & Thriving – The secret power of stress, based from Bennett’s book, Raw Coping Power – From Stress to Thriving. My CapStone project includes providing this resiliency training to several cohorts.