by Roy Baily 

The statistics are staggering. Recent reports estimate job stress will cost United States industry $300 billion annually, as assessed by absenteeism; diminished productivity; employee turnover; and direct medical, legal, and insurance fees. So why are employees so stressed? How can stress be managed — or even translated into something productive?

First Aid for Stress provides a starting point to help you better understand stress and identify solutions for individuals, teams, and the organization. The activities offer a variety of ways to recognize and measure stress, change perceptions and behaviors, and lend support in the workplace. 
Uses for First Aid for Stress

This activity collection offers a well-rounded approach to stress management that can benefit individuals, teams, and organizations in any industry: 

Part I is an extensive discussion about stress, including:

  • An introduction of well-known models for understanding stress
  • Key causes of stress within organizations and how to identify them
  • Possible stress management solutions
  • An approach to managing stress in the workplace that is based on an understanding
  • of stress, the workplace, and the people within it.

Part II consists of 34 activities that:

  • Measure the ongoing stress of individuals and groups 
  • Provide coping strategies 
  • Explore ways to prevent and avoid the situations that generate stress

Product Contents

  • In-depth background information on stress management
  • Purpose statement for each activity
  • Step-by-step facilitator guidelines
  • Summary of activities
  • List of figures and tables
  • Evaluation of Popular Stress Management Strategies
  • Reproducible participant materials
  • CD-ROM containing reproducible handouts