Not only are employees working more hours and more stressed than ever; employee disengagement is also at an all-time high, according to the latest Gallup poll.  The content of this lunch and learn series is designed to help employees manage stress and create a more balanced lifestyle.  This in turn will increase productivity and build communication & teamwork, encourage creative problem solving & positively impact your bottom line.  

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Session 1: Learn How to De-Stress Naturally

The new science is showing us that our brain is plastic: this means that it has the ability to form new neural connections to adjust to new situations or changes in an environment.  This can be a good thing when we are intentionally training the brain to work for us— a Harvard Medical School study showed that mental training has the power to even change the physical structure of the brain— however, stress can also have an opposite, and detrimental effect on the structure and function of the brain.  This is why it is crucial to bring in positive practices proven effective that will have employees win.


Session 2: Achieve Optimal Performance Through Mindfulness

In a study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, results revealed that participants in the mindfulness intervention group experienced significantly less emotional exhaustion and more job satisfaction than participants in the control group.  Another study showed “better stress regulation, as measured by a faster decrease in levels of the stress hormone cortisol following a stressful laboratory task among Chinese undergraduates after 5 days of meditation training at 20 minutes a day.”

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Session 3: Access the Flow State

The latest Gallup poll found that 71% of American workers are disengaged. The antidote?  Teach employees to how to move into their flow.  "Flow is an optimal state of consciousness, when you feel and perform your best," says Kotler in his book,The Rise of Superman. ”The average business person spends less than 5% of their day in flow. If you could increase that to 15%, overall workplace productivity would double," he states.

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Session 4: Learn How to Meditate

A study performed by Harvard neuroscientist showed that meditation over an eight-week period produced changes in the actual physical structure of the brain.  There was thickening in the left hippocampus, which assists in learning, cognition, memory and emotional regulation; and in the temporo parietal junction, or TPJ, which is associated with perspective taking, empathy and compassion.  Also, the amygdala, the fight or flight part of the brain which is important for anxiety, fear and stress, got smaller.

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Session 5: Manage Your Time

A study done by the University of Maastricht, “demonstrates that time management behaviours relate positively to perceived control of time, job satisfaction, and health, and negatively to stress.”  One significant factor that determines if someone experiences stress is if they are overwhelmed by the factors of their life.  A system for prioritization and organization of time and resources will support employees with spending their time on the highest value offerings and feeling in charge of their days.  

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Session 6: Harness the Power of Your Mind

According to the Harvard Business Review, “what we really think is largely hidden from us. In other words, most of what we know we don’t know we know. Probably 95% of all cognition, all the thinking that drives our decisions and behaviors, occurs unconsciously.”  When unconscious patterns are seen by the conscious mind, we realize that we have choice.  And this choice is the foundation of taking responsibility for our actions instead of becoming a victim to circumstances, in order to become the best version of ourselves now.

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Session 7: The Art & Science of Relaxation

According to a Harvard Health article, stress causes “high blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease… suppresses the immune system, increasing susceptibility to colds and other illnesses… and contributes to anxiety and depression.” The relaxation response, on the other hand, developed at Harvard Medical School by cardiologist Dr. Herbert Benson, is the opposite of the stress response and can be accessed through several different modalities.  In this session, participants will learn how to activate their body’s relaxation response as a direct counterbalance to the stress in their lives.

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Session 8: Learn How to Communicate Effectively

How important is effective communication, really?  According to a Watson Wyatt study, companies that communicate effectively had a 47% higher return to shareholders over a five-year period (mid-2004 to mid-2009).  Not only does it impact the bottom line; per the Harvard Business Review, effective communication “may be the most effective way to ensure alignment” of your employees with your business.