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Support: Dealing with Stress in the Workplace

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Additional Resources for Dealing with Stress in the Workplace

Online resources that will help the behavioral health employer or staff identify and cope with frustration, stress or burnout in the workplace.

Work Life Balance

Categories of Work-life Effectiveness: Successfully Evolving your Organization’s Work-life Portfolio describes the positive business impact of a coordinated approach to work-life balance.
The Labor Project for Working Families works with unions to develop family policies in the workplace including family leave, flexible work schedules, child care and elder care benefits, sick time for families and more.
Supporting a Healthier American Workplace: Workplace Flexibility and Mental Health and Wellness - Cosponsored by the Congressional Mental Health Caucus. The New America Foundation's Workforce and Family Program, the American Psychological Association, and Workplace Flexibility 2010, sponsored a briefing to highlight the interaction between work-life conflict and health outcomes. The event explored the impact of work-life balance on the health of workers, their families, employers, and communities. Experts discussed the role of workplace flexibility in eliminating, limiting, or preventing injury and disease, achieving health equity, creating social and physical environments that promote good health, healthy development, and healthy behaviors.
Third Path Institute is a Web site devoted to assisting individuals to redesign work and create more time for life. Third Path Institute’s Web site includes educational materials, conferences and training announcements, organizational interventions and offers a bi-monthly email on related subjects.
When Work Works is a nationwide initiative on workplace effectiveness and workplace flexibility designed to share research on what makes work “work.” It is a project of Families and Work Institute.
Work and Health downloadable issue brief produced for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America. It examines how work can affect health, exploring the health effects of both physical and psychosocial aspects of work as well as of work-related opportunities and resources. Examples of promising approaches to making work healthier are provided.
Work Life blog sponsored by World at Work. This blog is intended to provide a deeper understanding of how work, family and community intersect and to clarify the meaning of work-life providing commentary and news on the topic of work-life effectiveness as a business strategy. Archives of the blog are also available. 

Stress Assessments

Are You in Balance? Canadian Mental Health Association, Work life balance quiz.
Burnout Self Test: An informal interactive tool to assess burnout.
Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI) is a measureof 3 specific aspects of the burnout syndrome—emotionalexhaustion, depersonalization, and lack of personal accomplishment. The link provides further information and cost.
Information on Dr. Christina Maslach relates to employee burn out.
Schedule of Recent Experiences (SRE) is a tool to understand the impact of 42 probable stressors experienced in normal life; it allocates an appropriate “score” to each.
Stress Diary Tool is a template to help analyze day-to-day stress through documentation.

Aids for Coping with Stress

Always Make Self-care a Priority, an article by Nicholas A. Roes, Ph.D.
Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project©, dedicated to educating caregivers about authentic, sustainable self-care, provides an overview, symptoms and responses to deal with compassion fatigue. has suggestions on relaxation practices to reduce stress.
The Impact of Stress and Support on Direct Care Workers' Job Satisfaction. This article presents findings from a study that used a stress and support model to examine the association between job satisfaction and common stressors, individual-level Direct Care Worker characteristics and organizational and management issues.
Positive Statements and Relaxation provides relaxation and scripts for self-help, personal change and fulfillment.
ProQOL Manual, the Professional Quality of Life Scale: Compassion Satisfaction, Burnout & Compassion Fatigue/Secondary Trauma Scales This page is for the most current versions of the ProQOL Manuals.
Satisfaction, Stress and Retention among Alcohol and Other Drug Workers in Australia: This 2006 report by Australia’s National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) can be found through a search request at NCETA.
Self Help Tool main link helps to find resources offered by the Mind Tool Web site. Tools and articles include Stress & Perception - Thinking Stress Away; Building Defenses Against Stress; Managing Environmental Stress; Coping With Work Overload; Surviving the Stress of Problem Jobs; Managing Co-Worker and Team Stress; Working With Problem People; and Managing Performance Stress, among others.
Showcase Your "Home Run" Accomplishments. Don't be afraid to take credit for what you've done. This article by William S. Ford provides a stress-free step-by-step process to use more effective words and thoughts to produce written records of your work results, achievements, successes, and accomplishments.
Stress and Burnout: A Prevention Handbook for the Alcohol and Other Drugs Workforce. A Workforce Development Resource.This 2005 handbook by Natalie Skinner and Ann Roche is available through Australia’s National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA), Flinders University. Additional and related resources are found at NCETA though a key word search.
Stress at Work: How do Social Workers Cope? National Association of Social Workers Membership Workforce Study.
Stress SWOT Tool is a variant of the SWOT Analysis (Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats) focused on helping to document and understand unique strengths and weaknesses in managing stress.

Workplace Wellness

Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project©, dedicated to educating caregivers about authentic, sustainable self-care provides an overview, symptoms and responses to compassion fatigue.
Cost vs. Success of Corporate Wellness Initiatives.  This article suggests that lifestylechanges and health and wellness programs are no longer programs for the vain or cautious. They are programs required to meet a global concern for deaths related to lifestyle behaviors.
Definition and Core Practices of Wellness. This paper published by the Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) discusses the core practices of wellness and considerations for the future tools and interventions for individuals and employers.
Healthier Employees and Cost Savings: Expanding our Definition of Wellness at Work. An article by Ellen Galinsky, President, Families and Work Institute
Partnership for Workplace Mental Health is a program of the American Psychiatric Association, (APA) the partnership advances effective employer approaches to mental health by combining the knowledge and experience of the APA and employer partners.
Performance Agreement expands the performance review process to reduce stress by defining the individual's expectations and goals, highlighting their alignment with overall objectives. This tool provides insight into setting up a Performance Agreement.
Self Assessment Tools. These tools, gathered by Mental Health at Work, can be used by employees to help assess their mental health and identify some symptoms of common mental health issues.
Stress Reducing Techniques for your Staff by Adele Gregory. This article provides general insights into prevention and reduction of stress on a managerial level.
Survey results for Identifying Return on Investment for Wellness Program. The Alliance for Wellness ROI, Inc. (Alliance) is a non-profit formed to promote corporate wellness programs by demonstrating, through an objective Return on Investment measurement, that wellness programs are an investment rather than an expense to a company. Additional ROI surveys and results are available at Alliance.
Wellness Chamber of Commerce.  The United States Wellness Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit organization that aligns employers with local health and wellness professionals to create a healthier workforce. The Wellness Chamber is creating a healthier Nation, one employer at a time, through hands-on programming addressing each employee and dependant’s physical, mental/emotional, and preparedness wellness.

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