Managing Stress at Work

managing stress at work

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Stress has been called the “health epidemic of the 21st century” by the World Health Organization and is estimated to cost American businesses up to $300 billion a year.

– 40% of job turnover is due to stress.
– Health care expenditures are nearly 50% greater for workers who report high levels of stress.
-More than 60% of employees report difficulty focusing on tasks at work because of stress.
-Replacing an average employee costs 120-200% of the salary of the position affected.
– The average cost of absenteeism in a large company is more than $3.6 million per year.


Mindfulness can make a profound difference in reducing employee stress. Google, Target, and General Mills all provide mindfulness training at work. I’ve provided the Mindfulness for Stress Reduction program at diverse locations, including Marriott International and Sinai Hospital in Baltimore.

The Mindfulness for Stress Reduction program is designed to give participants a complete understanding of how mindfulness works —and how to use mindfulness to manage stress. Using simple concepts, illustrative stories, and clear instructions, participants will learn what mindfulness and meditation is, what it isnʼt, how to meditate, and ways to integrate meditation and mindfulness into a busy schedule. There will be plenty of time for participation and group discussion.

Programs can be held on-site at your location or for conferences or retreats. The length of the program will be customized to meet your timeframe, whether youʼd like it to be one hour, a half-day workshop, or a continuing series.

Many people find that managing stress at work can be helped with regular meditation. One very effective tool to use in the workplace is a walking meditation. Hereʼs a situation where a busy executive uses walking meditation to deal with a challenging situation:

While this executive is getting ready for a big presentation at work, her top client calls and says sheʼs taking her business to another company. The executive is overcome with a whirlwind of emotion. Yet, knowing that she needs to focus for her upcoming presentation, she decides to practice a walking meditation. She knows that walking from one point to the next offers her an opportunity to take a meditation break. She begins a process of walking mindfully down the corridor of her office building, noticing where her feet connect with the ground. She becomes aware of feelings each time they arise, then shifts her awareness back to her feet. She still has many mixed emotions, but the practice of shifting her awareness to her feet helps her feel more balanced and centered.

When offered simple techniques to help manage stress, employee well-being and productivity can dramatically increase. To learn more about programs to help with managing stress at work, please contact Joy.

Joy is quoted in this article on managing stress at work.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to help with managing stress at work.

Here are more scientific studies point to the benefits of mindfulness at work:

There was a statistically significant benefit of mindfulness training for employee health and well-being.
-Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, September 2016

Mindfulness makes employees more resilient in the face of challenges, and increases task performance.
-Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management, 30, 115-157

Mindfulness interventions at work decrease not only reactivity to stress but also the risk of burnout.
-Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, 2015

To find out more about scheduling a Mindfulness for Stress Reduction program for your group, please contact Joy.

The programs Joy provides convey an “attitude of acceptance” and are very inspiring at the workplace and in every day life. I highly recommend Joyʼs training program and was especially impressed with benefits I experienced from breath awareness meditation.

Judith DauschPh.D., R.D. Consumer Safety Officer at US Food and Drug Administration / Program: Stress Management through Meditation

Joy was a featured speaker at our conference, MindSpring Metro DC’s 2015 Helping You Grow Conference. Participants thoroughly enjoyed her session on the benefits of meditation, many telling us that they left the session refreshed with several strategies to use in their busy lives. Thank you Joy!

Christina EanesSenior Partner, MindSpring Metro DC

Joy was the keynote speaker at our hospital for Nurses’s week in May, 2017 and 102 Nurses attended the event. Joy captured the full attention of every nurse in the room as she guided us through a mindful meditation exercise. Weeks later, we are still talking about Joy and how she inspired us to all to calm our busy minds through the power of meditation. It really works. Thanks Joy!!!

Denise Rouse-Meekins, MSN, RN, PCCNNurse Outcomes Educator at Sinai Hospital
Mindfulness Training for the Workplace, Healthcare, and the Community