WORK LIFE BALANCING - The American Institute of Stress

WORK LIFE BALANCING - The American Institute of Stress

WORK LIFE BALANCING from distress to eustress Henry Does, M.D. Overview

Expectations Collecting attention Lecture/ Q & A Eliciting the Relaxation Response

Evaluation Stress response

Redirection blood Heightened alertness Glucose/fatty acids Immunesystem/digestion Stress concept (medical) A Fight-or-flight (Canon, 1915) General adaptation

syndrome, GAS (Selye, 1932,1976) Walther Bradford Canon Hans Selye Stress concept (psychological) B.

Role conflict and ambiguity (Kahn et al, 1964) Cognitive appraisal and coping (Lazarus et al, 1967) Ego ideal self-image (Levinson, 1975)

Employee character strengths (Wright, Huang, 2008) Stress concept (public health) C. Preventive Stress Management in Organizations, second edition, 2012

Threat rigidity Restricted information flow Constriction of control Stress as challenge Positivity ratio: 3/1 http://www.positivityratio.com

Work-life/ Home-life Workaholism intimacy Work/information overload (24/7) Leisure time (play) > resilience

Work life programs Flexible working conditions Leave options Child- and dependent care benefits Pro-family organizational culture Worksite wellness/assistance programs

Why work-life programs? Expands discretion and control Offer support (life-skill educational programs) Effectiveness work-life programs 50% lesser burnout and distress

(Cascio, 2011) Presence Marlies Witjes The Relaxation Response Muscles relax

Heart beats slower Blood pressure decreases Breathing becomes slower Metabolism decreases Nitric oxide increases http://www.massgeneral.org/bhi/basics/eliciting_rr.aspx Thank you

WORK LIFE BALANCING from distress to eustress Henry Does, M.D.

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