Expose Stressors to Reclaim Purpose, Improve Organization, Energize Relationships

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“Well thought out…good visual cues as Anita guided us to what ultimately became a brainstorming session for each space or item to be addressed.”

Small Business Owner, Brian F.

Collaborating to modify work purpose + tools + furnishings improving: stress management, organization skills, attention to task, meaningful engagement to task, and relationship to time.

CASE STUDY

Work Environment Observations identified collaboration with peers and organization of performance demanded tools used in tasks as present barriers.

Employee Observations identified signs of being overwhelmed, distraction of parental duties for two children under five years of age, preoccupation with meeting personal goals.

Following a verbal, physical, and environmental assessment the employee was identified to have symptoms of chronic stress.

CHRONIC STRESS

This is categorized as high demand and low job control (Candola, Brunner, Marmont, 2006). Workers with occupational injustice were found twice as likely to have metabolic syndrome, resulting in risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. This cluster increases risks of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

RESULTS

Self-advocacy

Completion of our WholeBeSM Performance method facilitated this individual to identify stress patterns, identify personal values, and create a plan to achieve one short term professional goal. Following 180 days there was a 18% improvement in self-advocacy with reported improved stress responses by peers.

Collaboration

Facilitated selection of an accountability partner that was present through accomplishing the set goal. Divided one daily task into three tasks to share responsibility with peers that returned with a  reduction in daily activity demands. Performance improved by 100% deadlines met 24 hours prior to timeline.

Organization

Client collaborated with GIG Design Consultant to creatively use current furnishings and products to create a systematic method of organization; re-organized performance demand tools for improved ease of use. Stress reduced bodily symptoms as reported less fatigue, mental distractions, and greater quality of life.

Chandola, T., Brunner, E., & Marmot, M. (2006). Chronic stress at work and the metabolic syndrome: Prospective study. BMJ (Clinical research ed.), 332(7540), 521–525. doi:10.1136/bmj.38693.435301.80