Stress is unavoidable in today’s world and it is taking its toll on individuals and organisations.

The reality is that people are inundated and overwhelmed by multiple stressors such as:

  • Uncertainty in a changing work environment
  • Downsizing and retrenchment in a volatile economic climate
  • Integrating various cultures with differing value systems
  • Crime and trauma in South Africa – one of the most dangerous places to live in the world
  • Personal financial difficulties
  • Family hassles such as divorce, strained relationships, child rearing problems
  • Chronic health issues
  • Difficulty finding a work/life balance

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The problem is that stress tends to be cumulative and it is this cumulative stress that poses more of a danger than one single acute stressor.  This has been clearly demonstrated and documented where seemingly well-adjusted individuals suddenly, and with no apparent warning fly into a rage, become suicidal or even violent. While such extremes may not play out in your workplace, the fact is that stress results in:

  • Reduced employee performance
  • The number of errors they make
  • Increased absenteeism
  • High employee turnover
  • Contagious negative emotions can cripple an organisation
  • Workers sabotaging your customer relationships or impede work processes
  • Internal relationships can be stretched to breaking point
  • Increased physical illness