Understanding Stress could save your life

If like me you’re a manager of people and you want to make sure the people you are responsible for are protected from the dangers of work place stress I think you’ll enjoy this piece.

Cortisol is a stress hormone, and when we are constantly on high alert or living under the fight or flight response, our immune system lowers. Thus, making us more susceptible to sickness and disease. But did you know as cortisol levels go up, a chemical called IgA goes down. IgA is one of the strongest building blocks of life.

IgA is responsible for the healthy function of our body’s immune system. It’s constantly fighting a barrage of bacteria, viruses, and organisms that invade and/or are already living within the body’s internal environment.

In a workshop renowned neuroscientist Dr. Joe Dispenza had attendees move into an elevated emotional state such as love, joy, or gratitude for nine to ten minutes, three times a day. He discovered that the cortisol levels of participants dropped by three standard deviations, and their IgA levels shot up on average from 52.5 to 86.

Next we need to understand what triggers the fight or flight response. In a recent webinar on the subject of reducing stress at emergency services contact centres and control rooms, we introduced SCARF to our audience. To watch a 9min extract from the event and understand how SCARF can be used to reduce stress levels click here: https://youtu.be/OZAxkTYmN-w

So now we know how much damage stress does to our health and the health of our people, just how bad is the problem in business today? There seems to be more research from the USA, but as we all know the UK is never far behind the US.

  • Work-related stress causes 120,000 deaths and results in $190 billion in healthcare costs yearly.
  • 83% of US workers suffer from work-related stress.
  • US businesses lose up to $300 billion yearly as a result of workplace stress.
  • Stress causes around one million workers to miss work every day.
  • Only 43% of US employees think their employers care about their work-life balance.
  • Depression leads to $51 billion in costs due to absenteeism and $26 billion in treatment costs.

Pretty gloomy right? I don’t think so, the science proves that if we are good managers, if we treat people with respect, share the right content, reward and treat people fairly we quickly become part of the solution.  

If you’d like to learn some quick, cost effective ways you can protect your employees we’d love to welcome you to one of our free workshops where we’ll talk more about SCARF, and give you some practical examples of how you can create SCARF compliant environments both on-site and at home.

Get in touch and we’ll include you on our next workshop.