Performance, Life and Stress Management for Businesses and Organisations.
reallifetools: a local Performance, Life and Stress Management Service for businesses, organisations, employees and management working to resolve the causes of stress within and outside the workplace.
Life and Stress Management for individuals and organisations.
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Social and Environmental Auditing shows the full picture of real wealth. Organisations and businesses are being increasingly required by users and consumers to account for their social and environmental impact. Social and environmental audits take into account the direct and peripheral effects of business/organisational activities on staff, customers and community, within a local and global context. Large Companies and Organisations are already using their new transparency and accountability as promotional tools through their audit trails. Health and well-being are now seen as tangible, additional objectives.
Reallifetools offers to inform, support and challenge individuals and organisations to take personal and collective control by:
- identifying problems and generating individual solutions.
- setting effective and realistic long and short-term goals.
- establishing new ways to evaluate joined up action.
- maximizing use of existing skills and resources and acquiring those missing.
- formulating a new aspirational vision for the future, accommodating change in the 21st century.
“The word ‘stress’ has become part of our modern vocabulary. While the term is often used casually for those whose ability to cope with day-to-day matters is at crisis point, stress can have serious debilitating consequences for the individual, the family and the work organisation. The costs to the UK economy in sickness absence, in premature medical retirement, in labour turnover, in lack of value to products and services, in disruptions to family life and in the cost to the health service to repair the damage are enormous” President International Stress Management Association
Some statistics from the copious research studies available on the effects of stress on economic productivity are:
- CBI study 2000 – 6.7 million days lost through stress disorders.
- HSE estimated in 2000 that stress related illness cost the UK £7 billion a year.
- The Confederation of British Industry found 54% self reported illness was directly due to stress at work.
- 3 in 10 employees will experience mental health problems in any one year.
The TUC is encouraging employers to carry out Stress MOTs for their employees as increasing documentation is pointing to the far reaching, detrimental effects of stress. 25% or 2 out of every 8 hours of productive working hours are lost through physical and mental stress disorders. Throwing more hours at the job is not remedying the problem, as the U.K. is one third less productive than Europe despite our culture of longer working hours. Efficiency is increasingly shown to be dependent on a variety of personal as well as organisational management strategies, coupled with a focus on setting better goals and targets in a context of individual and collective health and well-being.
Employers fulfilling their obligations to Health and Safety stress management may be addressing the letter of the law but for the survival of businesses they need to pay even more attention to the spirit of the law.
Health and productivity management for “performance optimalization” is currently undertaken through Health and Well-being programmes, either addressed in-house or through consultants brought in at great expense.
Life, Performance and Stress Management Coaching: a profession that combines the competencies of trainer and therapist.
The aim is to inform, support and challenge the client, individual/organisation, to identify and implement appropriate strategies that lead to greater life, job and collective satisfaction.
Coaching offers the skills and opportunities to manage effectively and ethically the increasing pressures of the 21st century.
Training plus Coaching = +++
Though a comprehensive training programme can be highly effective, it is not designed to cater for unique individual requirements. A 1997 U.S. study found that training increased productivity by 22.4% but training combined with eight sessions of one-to-one follow-up coaching over three months increased effectiveness by 88%.