ACHEA Barbados Public Presentation: Managing Stress in a Competitive and Demanding Work Environment

One of the most frequent complaints expressed by Higher Education Officials is one that is common to many work groups - My job is too stressful!  - I am under a lot of pressure - I don't have enough time to complete all my tasks. I feel tired all the time, I don’t have time to enjoy life – I am always feeling sick etc.

These expressions to my mind signify one thing: administrators and other employees in Higher Education are of the view that the demands made on them far exceed their capacity to cope effectively, and may be affecting their level of job satisfaction and physical/emotional health.

This workshop achieved its’ objectives by showing participants how to:

  • Appreciate the difference between the terms ‘stress’ and ‘stressors’.
  • Identify the common causes of job stress, especially as they relate to their own job.
  • Understand the mechanisms through which stress damages the body.
  • Appreciate the extent to which they are under stress.
  • Identify and understand any symptom(s) of stress which they are experiencing.
  • Identify and apply stress reduction and stress management techniques in the work environment for self and others.