Get the 'Shoulds' out of the Workplace

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Get the 'Shoulds' Out of the Workplace

Gary Wood's talk was just what the doctor ordered.

After a night of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, late dinners and insomnia and a morning packed with informative presentations, risk managers and others at the Florida RIMS Educational Conference needed some relief. Mr. Wood, a Tampa, FL-based psychologist who specializes in stress management, helped many of those present in his session relieve their stress and encouraged them to share his ideas with fellow managers, line supervisors and others employees.

"Stress has always been a problem," said Mr. Wood. "Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution we have seen particular changes in people" due to it.

Although some stress is essential for the proper functioning of the human body, too much of it can cause people to experience anxiety, headaches, fatigue, sexual disfunction and appetite loss, he said. Because most supervisors are unable or are unwilling to detect and help stressed-out employees, the result is lost productivity and greater absenteeism, workplace accidents and grievances, he added.

But in the last two decades, "many major companies have found it socially, legally and morally responsible to establish stress management programs," said Mr. …