Explore techniques to aid in reducing the levels of stress caused by disastrous or other high stress situations.
Top: Leaders must lead by example in helping others manage stress.
All disasters impact the workplace, whether natural or human-made, how can you and your team remain proactive during a crisis?
All flexibility with dress code.
Allow music, if possible.
Promote and encourage breaks.
Incorporate an anonymous suggestion box.
Offer a treat of the week.
Encourage suggestions to improve workflow and wellbeing in the office.
Email joke of the day or week.
Identify a colleague you are comfortable with to keep an eye out for your stress level and who you can keep an eye on.
.After a disaster, governments and relief organizations play an important role in reducing distress for both victims and the broader society.
DO NOT – force people to share their stories, details (may decrease calming).
DO NOT – give simple reassurances (often diminishes calming).
DO NOT – tell people what they should be feeling, thinking or doing. now(decreases efficacy). Everyone processes things differently.
DO NOT – make promises you can’t keep (decreases hope).
DO NOT – criticize existing services or relief activities in front of people in need of these services (diminishes hope and calming).
Taking care of yourself and encouraging others to practice self-care sustains the ability to care for those in need.