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Unchecked Staff Stress and the Bottom Line

Unchecked Staff Stress and the Bottom Line

Unchecked Staff Stress in the workplace can drain the energy out of the office, greatly reduce productivity and increase illness and absenteeism. 

Stress Symptoms in the Workplace Include:Man, Employee, Office, Manager, Good, Morning

  • waning energy
  • fatigue
  • burnout
  • job resentment
  • cynicism
  • Negativity

Do we accept this as the typical cycle of work life?

As the leader of your team, what can you do to either prevent or stem the tide before it becomes unmanageable? 

Beyond some of the obvious sources of this stress, there are more clandestine causes to consider.

Sarah Torres-Ferrick a human resources expert at HR Circle Online identifies the following causes.

  1. Conflicting and unclear demands from the boss. In my early career I recall times that I was given an assignment that I didn’t fully understand and not wanting to appear less than inadequate; said nothing.
    Bosses need to be as specific as possible and ask the employee how they plan to proceed and invite them to trust their own skills; giving them decision-making control. Assure them that your door is open and there are no “dumb” questions. This alone can avoid so much anxiety and pain for everyone.
  2. Exorbitant work loads. It has become common to tackle company functions with less than adequate staff due to attrition or budget restraints or increased business. While adding staff may appear costly, it may end up costing more due to decreased productivity in the long run. A very effective strategy is to review all the employees responsibilities to gain a comprehensive understanding of their workload. This may enlighten you as to the overwhelming responsibilities whether real or perceived. 

The key is to prioritize their duties, remove unproductive tasks when possible, and when appropriate implement a more efficient approach to certain assignments. Reducing the workload can greatly improve attitude and productivity.

Next time we’ll discuss Work-Life Balance and granting certain Decision-Making Control.

It’s time to schedule a team-building event at Simply  Smashing Rage Room! Click here for details or give us a call at (602) 909-1996

 

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Tips on how a Manager can Build a Stronger Team (Infographic)

How to Create a Stronger and More Productive Team

Team Building is an important, integral skill for any manager or leader in today’s professional space. Having a work environment that is team oriented will result in more productive employees, better project results, and happier team mates. 

Teams aren’t formed by dictatorial leaders, they are formed as the product of coaching. Coaches are leaders who involve their team, both in problem solving and workflow optimization. As it turns out, employees respond to questions and involvement much better than they respond to commands. 

A manager acting as a coach will: 

  • Ask their team questions, rather than issue demands. 
  • Involve their employees in trouble shooting, problem solving, and workplace solutions. 
  • Take interest in their employees and show that they care. 
  • Take the time to pay attention to each individual member of the team. 

This info graphic from https://blog.hubspot.com/ showcases these principals with detailed information and great examples! 

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These 11 simple changes can drastically improve workplace performance and employee morale, leading to more productivity and better results in the workplace. This is how to create a stronger and more productive team. If you want to be this kind of leader, following these few tips will help you to be a better leader and more efficient manager. 

Are you looking for more unique ways to strengthen your team through team building?

Here at Simply Smashing, A Rage Release Room we provide just that with our team building events! Let your team break glass, ceramics or a printer with a bat while listening to their favorite music. Bond over an unforgettable experience and release some stress with your team in an outing they’ll be talking about for weeks! 

 

 

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Does Your Office Technology Frustrate You? [Infographic]

Today’s daily life stress and frustrations can come from many places, both at home and at work. One common cause of frustrations is Technology, and the stress it causes can really derail your day. Small frustrations can be ignored, but frequent Technology frustrations can add up over time and cause you more stress than you know…

This Infographic from Asurion.com shows just how Frustrating Technology can be….


Does Technology frustrate you.

frustrated with technologySo, if your office tech has you frustrated, don’t punch your laptop! Come by Simply Smashing in Tempe today and smash away your frustrations by booking an appointment in one of our Rage Rooms!

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How to Deal with a Breakup or Divorce: Have a Party!

Getting over a Divorce or BreakupDivorce and legal marital separations are two of the most stressful times in a person’s life. A breakup, may not have the legal the ramifications that a broken marriage does, but, nonetheless it’s stressful.

“The stress associated with these events have a significant impact on health. The disease rate for chronic diseases such as cancer, coronary disease, and diabetes, increases by 20% while a person is experiencing a divorce.”

~Kirsten Schuder, Mental Health Professional (Source: https://stress.lovetoknow.com/stress-triggers/what-are-most-stressful-life-events)

The movie, The Divorce Party, came out in February 2019, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Here’s the trailer:

Source: IMDB

“Why Not Have a Party? A Divorce Party?”

Sitting at home trying to drown your sorrows away will only make it worse.

“There’s proof that when you’re super bummed about the loss of a relationship, surrounding yourself with friends can give you a boost.

‘Research shows that people who have reminders of being appreciated experience less pain than those who don’t,’ explains Guy Winch, PhD, author of How to Fix a Broken Heart.”

(Source: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/sex-love/a25092119/breakup-party/)

When a friend of mine heard about Simply Smashing Rage Room she said, “I wish it would have been around when I was going through my divorce! I wanted to break something SO BAD!”

Here at Simply Smashing, you have a safe place to lose control.

breakup-divorce-partyWhat’s really cool about throwing a divorce or breakup party at Simply Smashing is that we can put a picture of your ex on a plate or in a frame and you can smash it against the wall along with anything else that reminds you of your former mate.

It could be, if it was an amicable split-up (if there is such a thing), that you can have it together and both invite friends. Or it could be some of your best pals just getting together to support you and have fun at the same time. (Sorry, no booze allowed, but you can go to the bar next door afterwards if you like.)

What are you waiting for? Book your Divorce or Breakup Part now!

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Truth: When You are Stressed You Gain Weight

It’s no secret that stress can wreak havoc on your metabolism. When your body is under stress, it releases the hormone cortisol, which causes an increase in appetite and cravings for “comfort foods”. In addition, it makes it much easier to accumulate belly fat. To make matters worse, excess belly fat releases chemicals triggering inflammation, which increases the likelihood of developing heart disease or diabetes, as well as other disease states.

Here are 4 Strategies to Minimize Weight Gain When Stressed

Exercise – Aerobic exercise decreases cortisol and increases chemicals that relieve pain and improve mood. Exercise also helps to speed up your metabolism.

Mindful Eating – When you slow down and tune into your sensory experience of eating food, you’re able to tune into subjective feelings of hunger or fullness. This can help to avoid overeating and lead to fewer binges, as well as reducing depression.

Substitute Rewarding Activities Instead of Eating Food – Activities like reading a book, taking a hike, attending a yoga class, getting a massage – can all help to relieve stress without weight gain.

Write a Journal – Writing down how you feel can occupy your mind, may give you insight into reasons you’re feeling so stressed, and draw focus on expectations of yourself that may be increasing any pressure you’re feeling. Writing about life goals can improve both mood and health.

The post Truth: When You are Stressed You Gain Weight originally appeared on Holistic Health Solutions Blog

The last thing you want to do is gain weight!

We’ve got your answer in a the Simply Smashing Rage Room! Opening soon in Tempe, it will be a place for you to de-stress and smash stuff to your heart’s content! 

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Source: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-mindful-self-express/201308/why-we-gain-weight-when-we-re-stressed-and-how-not

 

 

 

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How to Stay Calm When Stress is Upon You [Infographic]

Nothing can compare with the stress the residents of Florida are feeling right now with Hurricane Irma aiming to go right up the middle of the state. As someone who’s lived through 6 hurricanes in her lifetime, the worst one being Andrew in Miami in 1992, you basically have 3 choices when you hear that a hurricane is coming:

  1. Leave – get the heck out of Dodge
  2. Go to a shelter
  3. Stay put, prep, hunker down and hope for the best

The problem with #1 is you need money and a place to stay to do that. It also takes time. There are only so many roads heading north in Florida. Being a peninsula, unless you can fly or take a fast boat, you have to hit the roads – along with millions of other people.

A shelter is good for those living in the coastal areas that are prone to storm surge or live in a mobile home. After Andrew, I helped out with a charity and we visited a mobile home park. It was decimated.

The 3rd choice of boarding up, stocking up and hunkering down is what I did. I parked my car near a baseball field with a concrete building, far from any loose stones, trees or debris and nothing happened to it. Everyone who left their cars in the apartment complex had damage from the decorative pebbles.

After the storm was worse. That’s the stress that people don’t plan for….

  • Living without electricity – all your food goes bad. I waited for 4 hours at a store for ice that melted in 2. Don’t bother. I was 2 weeks without power. After a while you get used to cold showers and tuna fish.
  • The banks won’t be working, neither will the ATMs. It took them several days to have money available for withdrawal.
  • Gas pumps won’t work. If you didn’t fill your gas tank up beforehand, forget it.
  • Where you work may not be open for a while. After Frances and Jeanne in Palm Bay in 2004, many businesses had to close because they did not have flood insurance and they didn’t imagine their businesses would be flooded from driving rain, broken roofs and windows.

That’s just the beginning. 

I’m sure the people of Houston, TX weren’t thinking they would get flooded like they did. Nor the folks losing their homes in the fires out west or in the earthquake in Mexico.

However, if you do know that stress is coming into your life, here are some tips in this cool infographic by Pound Place found on NeoMam.com.

How to Stay Calm When Stress is Upon You [Infographic]

Very soon in Tempe you’ll have a safe place to de-stress — Simply Smashing Rage Room.
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2 Reasons Companies Fail and How to Avoid Them

Why do companies fail? 2 Reasons:

They only do more of the same or they only do what’s new.

In this Ted Talk video, Knut Haanaes explains why companies fail and how to avoid it. 

The key is finding a balance between exploration and exploitation.

  1. Get ahead of the crisis
  2. Think in multiple time scales
  3. Invite challenge
  4. Be skeptical of success

Stress can be a huge factor when running a business no matter what size the company is.

Sometimes you can do something about it, and sometimes you can’t. Either way, you need an outlet for the stress. Otherwise, you’re going to get sick.

We’ve got the safe place for you to lose control! Simply Smashing Rage Room is just that: a room where you can go and break stuff to release tensions, anxieties, stress and frustrations.

We’re opening soon in Tempe! Click here to join our email list and get a special invite to our grand opening.

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Video: Choose to Be Healthy: How to Reduce Stress at Work

Any work environment where the employees are stressed is not a healthy working environment. Given there are some stressful occupations, but it’s up to management to figure our how to reduce stress at work.

  • stress affects workers physically
  • 50% of work-related stress causes serious health issues
  • 80% can lead to long-term, chronic illnesses
  • stress has a financial cost on businesses
  • healthcare costs have risen dramatically partly because of increased stressful lifestyles

In this video,certified healthy lifestyle & wellness coach John Fenton talks about what employers can do to reduce stress at work:


You can…

  • hire a healthy and wellness coach – which might get a bit costly
  • find a good work-life “fit”
  • choose to be healthy and live a healthy lifestyle

AND you can visit a Rage Room! It’s a place where you can go an break stuff and release all your stress, frustrations and anxieties!

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What You Need to Know About How Chronic Stress Affects the Brain

We’ve talked a lot about cortisol — the stress hormone — and its affects on the human body. Chronic stress causes increased cortisol levels and if it goes on too long, it damages the hippocampus.

The hippocampus is the part of the brain that controls:

  • Short-term memory
  • Our internal GPS – our conception of time, space and directions

These are early signs of Alzheimer’s. Watch this video from Dr. Eric Berg who explains what you need to know about chronic stress and it’s affects on the brain:

We’ve got another way to relieve stress, spend some time in a Rage Room!

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How Stressed Are You? Take a Stress Test Here…

Are you stressed? Maybe you don’t want to admit it.

How Stressed Out are You? Take this simple stress test then come see us…

Are you getting enough sleep? Not if you're stressed!In general, how are you sleeping?

  1. I don’t sleep well.
  2. I’m sleeping OK.
  3. I sleep very well – getting 6-8 hours a night, waking up refreshed.

How do you feel in the morning?

  1. Definitely not refreshed – still tired.
  2. I feel OK.
  3. Energized

If you're stressed out, don't go for the sugar!Do you ever have food cravings?

  1. Yes, and I usually give in to junk foods.
  2. Sometimes, but I try to avoid temptation.
  3. Rarely, I eat healthy.

Does your gut ever act up?

  1. Often.
  2. I sometimes have digestive issues.
  3. Rarely.

Has your weight fluctuated? If you're stressed, you will gain weight.

  1. I’m gaining weight especially in the belly area.
  2. My weight is steady, though overweight. I could lose a few pounds.
  3. I’m progressively working toward or am at a healthy weight.

Do you get sick often?

  1. Yes, all the time!
  2. Once in a while.
  3. Hardly ever.

Do you have backaches or headaches?

  1. Often.
  2. Occasionally.
  3. Rarely.

Do you ever feel anxious?

  1. Often.
  2. Sometimes.
  3. Rarely – I am content with life.

Describe your general mood:

  1. Mostly sad and blue.
  2. I’m OK.
  3. Happy.

How’s your love life?

  1. What love life?
  2. Could use improvement.
  3. Great!

Each answer is worth its designated number. Add them up and see where your stress level is:

  • 26-30: You’re doing great with low levels of stress!
  • 20-25: You’re managing your stress OK, however, you could use some relief.
  • 10-19: You need a rage room. You’ve got too much stress in your life and you absolutely need to get rid of some of it.

Luckily if you scored under 26, you can soon come to the new Simply Smashing Rage Room opening soon in Tempe!

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