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How to manage stress during tough times at work

What causes stress at work, and how can you tell when people are stressed? What effect does stress have on the brain and why are some people more sensitive to it than others?

Explore what leaders and organisations can do to help employees manage stress at work, especially during tough times.

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What is Leadership? Leadership in Tough Times
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Meaning of Leadership: A Definition

A simple definition of leadership is a leader is a person that people want to follow and the world of research shows us that great leadership is biological.

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What are the major causes of stress in life and work?

What are the major stressors in life? During the pandemic people have been worrying about their jobs, their health, and the health of their loved ones.

Examining the neuroscience of stress
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Examining the neuroscience of stress

How does the brain deal with stress? What is the fight, flight or freeze response? Do you feel less productive and less creative when stressed?

Stress indicators: Are you or your colleagues stressed
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Stress indicators: Are you or your colleagues stressed?

What are the signs that I my colleagues are stressed? During tough times many people experience feelings of frustrations, sadness, guilt, or irritability.

Why are some people more sensitive to stress
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Why are some people more sensitive to stress

What are the characteristics of a stress sensitive people? Which personality traits, or values should you look for when recruiting for resilience?

Working from home and stress
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Stress and working from home

WFH can cause employees stress if they feel they’re “out of sight out of mind”. But there are many practical ways leaders can create empowerment and boost morale.

Stress Management techniques for leadership in tough times
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Difficult times: Stress management techniques

Employees are sensitive to stress when in difficult situations and a leader should use positive psychology to create a healthy corporate culture.

Leadership behaviours in tough times
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Leadership behaviours for dealing with tough times

Four behaviours necessary when leading through tough times – empower staff, lead with optimism, be supportive and provide opportunities for learning.

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