A short inter-active workshop on stress was requested for a group of 70 participants, as part of an international legal conference. This session was to act as light relief, in an otherwise very heavy, technical legal program.
All those taking part were high flyers, committed to having a successful career. Many complained of having too much work, continuously, and of having to deal with a great deal of time-related pressure.
There’s a lot to know about stress, from the physical symptoms to the way in which stress can adversely affect individual, team and corporate performance – this was simply to be an introduction. Working in pairs and larger groups, we managed to expose some of the underlying issues, and to reflect on ways of reducing stress.
Stress is often caused by lack of control and adequate resources.
Clear communication is vital, if anything is to change.