by Megan McDonough, General Manager of RISE at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health; EBS Gillette event session leader
One thing anyone who has a job can agree on is that stress in the workplace is inevitable. It’s a constant that permeates every industry, every title, every salary tier in every region. There are a number of factors that contribute to this stress, like looming deadlines, hard to reach quotas, demanding bosses, and work environment or culture – all of which only begin to scratch the surface of why workplace stress is able to thrive.
Stress is, of course, part of the human experience. It can be helpful, challenging us to new heights. Other times it can be destructive. “Stress hormones are designed to help us take action,” says Dana Campbell, Coach and Yoga Instructor with Kripalu. “And that can be addictive. It’s like caffeine,” she explains. “We just keep pumping in stress. But then we become numb to it, and we need it even more.”
Most - if not all - employers strive to create healthy work environments for their teams that promote physical health, emotional and mental well-being, and financial wellness. After all, we know that by implementing workplace wellness programs and encouraging participation you can reduce your population’s risk factors and increase healthy behaviors, which can help boost employee satisfaction and overall productivity, and reduce stress. Unfortunately, not every employee is willing to participate in these programs, leaving leaders scratching their heads as to how to assimilate wellness into the very fiber of their culture.
Kripalu’s RISE program aims to enact true organizational change at the leadership level in organizations struggling to mitigate workplace stress. The principles that RISE teaches are scientifically validated, which helps reassure those who might be more skeptical about the efficacy of practices like mindfulness and meditation. Even so, changing behaviors and implementing new ones can be a challenge at first. Dana points out that, as with physical exercise, you have to live it in your body first. It’s like muscle memory—you repeat the behaviors until they become second nature. When she works with people and organizations to develop stress resilience, she always asks, “Where are your stress issues? How can we cultivate behaviors in the face of it?”
We all get angry and frustrated at work sometimes. So what does a healthy response to workplace stress look like?
Join Megan McDonough from Kripalu at EBS’ 4th Annual Gillette Stadium event on Thursday, September 19th to learn how to foster a culture of resiliency to stress, and how to embed this type of practice into the framework of your organization’s culture. Sign up for one of her four identical sessions, here:
Megan McDonough is an inspirational leader who brings out the best in employees and clients alike. She is the General Manager of RISE at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, a global leader in yoga- and mindfulness-based education, serving over 40,000 people annually. Along with being an award-winning author of four books on mindfulness, Megan has presented all over the world, sharing with thousands how to harness their inner resources to live well. She has two decades of senior leadership experience in healthcare, a degree in nuclear medicine, and co-founded Wholebeing Institute. All her work revolves around one key calling: to harness the best in people for the greatest good.