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Stress-Responsive Policy Decisions Start With Awareness

With April being Stress Awareness month, we invite you to consider how your organization’s policies could actually be detrimental to employee wellbeing. Many organizations don’t think about the impacts of stress on their workforce in a systematic way when designing their organizational policies. You may wonder, “how could they?” Policies grow over time, and often are reactive rather than proactive. But, it is indeed possible for policies to support a culture of wellbeing. These are ...
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Wellbeing Techniques Help Us Control Body, Mind, and Behaviors

Siddharth Ashvin Shah, M.D., M.P.H. Founder and CEO It functions in the background whether we ask it to or not Any stress, both positive stress (excitement) and negative stress (nervousness), involves the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS functions in the background every second of our lives. It regulates the human body’s most basic regulatory processes, including breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, and digestion. When a threat is detected in our environment, the ANS is ...
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Resilience Assessments Reveal Risks to Employees and Organizations

Kathy Cox Chief of Staff, Director of Communications & Operations Though burnout and trauma exposure have different causes and symptoms – and require different interventions and remedies – it’s well established that both are highly toxic to the wellbeing, resilience, and health of employees. Particularly concerning is that those “helpers” working in demanding environments – humanitarian aid workers, armed forces, and all types of emergency responders. Certainly, they suffer from chronic stress, burnout, and trauma ...
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What Do We Mean When We Say “Trauma”?

Siddharth Ashvin Shah, M.D., M.P.H. Founder and CEO Our ordinary language definition of traumatic stress: Distress that still aches Imagine you and a friend are going down a sidewalk and a dog lunges at both of you. For you, the incident may be forgotten in a matter of minutes. Your friend, however, has heart palpitations and then he stays in a funk for an hour. Why is this? Perhaps your friend was bitten by someone ...
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Shared Responsibility Accelerates Workplace Resilience

By Nancy Spangler, PhD, OTR/L Workplaces are full of demands – most face some levels of uncertainty, pressures, and unpredictability. In addition, many of Greenleaf’s clients face more serious stressors, such as potential injury to themselves or their co-workers or the threat of violence. Such highly demanding environments place a tremendous strain on people if they remain hypervigilant to potential threat-related incidents or have little opportunity to recover after actually experiencing or witnessing such events ...
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New White Paper Offers Insights on Supporting Employees’ Behavioral Health

Nancy Spangler, PhD Most employers don’t realize that a significant percentage of people with symptoms of a mental health or substance use condition doesn’t receive appropriate treatment. Instead, they suffer in silence, which creates struggles across many areas of life – including their engagement and performance and work. Our mental health can decline, just as our physical health can. Mental health conditions are highly prevalent, so employers are likely to see employees with various kinds ...
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