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.
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 … Read More
Insights from Nancy Spangler, PhD In our first blog in the Connectedness Series, we discussed the benefits and drawbacks that the advancement of technology has on connectedness in the workplace especially as it impacts the healthcare arena. However, technology is impacting connectedness in many workplaces, which makes us ask, “What is unique about physicians?” The presenters I heard suggested that … Read More
Insights from Nancy Spangler, PhD This spring was a season filled with conferences. I’ve written about the NAHCPC’s conference previously, where our panel discussed the importance of caring for caregivers. Other conferences I participated in included two with a focus on the workplace, where I presented or led a panel for the American Psychiatric Association Foundation’s Center for Workplace Mental … Read More
Thoughts from Lori Murphy, Senior Director, on her experience at the CENTILE conference (Washington D.C., October 23-25, 2017) The above question was posed at CENTILE, and the answer will either depress you or validate your beliefs—or perhaps both. The number of organizations lauded as solutions-oriented was strikingly small, and all of those organizations happen to be present at this … Read More
Thoughts from Lori Murphy, Senior Director, on her experience at the Beyond Resiliency Training Conference at MD Anderson in Houston, Sept 25-26 2017 On the tails of destructive Hurricane Harvey, University of Texas MD Anderson Center pushed on with a 2 day conference – Beyond Resiliency Training: Organizational Strategies to Alleviate Burnout and Increase Wellness in Academic Medicine. With a … Read More
Many organizations don’t think about the impacts of stress on their workforce in a systematic way when designing their organizational policy. How could they? Policies grow over time, and often are reactive rather than proactive. These are the key concepts Greenleaf uses to assess the current Stress Responsiveness of an organization and support the leadership in making more stress responsive policy decisions.