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OrgSET - Organizational Skills Enhancement Training

 

Worldwide, organizations engaged in mission critical or time-bound activities suffer form unfinished schedules and thereby huge loss of revenue. Even though the employees are efficient and creative they cannot effectively respond with certain crucial situations. Lack of organizational skills and stress among its employees are found to be a major reason for this. Organizational skills like problem solving, assertiveness, time management, relaxation response etc., are essential for better functioning of any company, as it is essential for improved productivity and healthier personnel administration. 

Stress is a term that means different things to different people. Some use the term to refer to the pressures placed on individuals; others to the physical and mental consequences of those pressures. Numerous common health problems are linked to stress. This include heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, suicide, Memory loss, Obesity, Immune response and deficiency. Stress costs companies in terms of employees' health and vitality, capacity for critical thinking, innovative competencies, and competitiveness. Considering that a company's most priced hidden asset is the people it employs, stress and its relation to worker behavior is an undeniable concern. 

Work (Organizational) Stress is a worldwide phenomenon and now scientists call it "malady of our age". OrgSET is "Organizational Skills Enhancement Training", a scientific and systematically evolved organizational skills development and stress management training program for professionals/executives suffering from distress and dissatisfaction due to their working environment. OrgSET help personnel to attain a positive mind set and essential skills which is both beneficial to him/herself and the organization.

Did you know?
Globally, more than 3 out of 5 doctor visits are for stress related problems 
Stress is both additive and cumulative in its negative effects on individuals, organizations and societies.
Stress is linked to physical and mental health, as well as decreased willingness to take on new and creative endeavors. 
Job burnout experienced by 25% to 40% of U.S. workers is blamed on stress. 
More than ever before, employee stress is being recognized as a major drain on corporate productivity and competitiveness. 
Depression, only one type of stress reaction, is predicted to be the leading occupational disease of the 21st century, responsible for more days lost than any other single factor. 
$300 billion, or $7,500 per employee, is spent annually in the U.S. on stress-related compensation claims, reduced productivity, absenteeism, health insurance costs, direct medical expenses (nearly 50% higher for workers who report stress), and employee turnover. 

What's wrong in today's workplace? 
Studies from organizations such as National Institutes for Occupational Safety and Health and the American Psychological Association show the following changes in working conditions have overburdened our traditional coping mechanisms:
Growing psychological demands as we increase productivity demands and work longer hours 
The need to gather and apply growing amounts of information 
Job insecurity 
Demographic changes such as aging workers, female participation in the workforce etc. 
The need for both men and women to balance obligations between work and family as women enter the workforce worldwide 

Statistics from a recent global stress research study show that increased stress is felt worldwide, and stress affects women differently than men. A recent Roper Starch Worldwide survey of 30,000 people between the ages of 13 and 65 in 30 countries showed:
women who work full-time and have children under the age of 13 report the greatest stress worldwide 
nearly one in four mothers who work full-time and have children under 13 feel stress almost every day 
globally, 23% of women executives and professionals, and 19% of their male peers, say they feel "super-stressed" 

Stress is a highly complex phenomenon. It has been defined in many ways, but simply put, it is the wear and tear of everyday life. It is a physical and psychological response to perceived demands and pressures from without and from within. To respond to these demands and pressures, we mobilize physical and emotional resources. Too frequent, extreme, or prolonged mobilization strains us and generates distress signals. Our body experiences distress signals in a variety of ways, often in the form of: irritability, anger, anxiety, depression, fatigue, tension headaches, stomachaches, hypertension, migraines, ulcers, heart attacks, or colitis. Eventually, stress can lead to even more serious distress, such as cancer, diabetes or thyroid dysfunction.

Stress comes in four different flavors:
Acute Stress is what most people identify as stress. It makes itself felt through tension headaches, emotional upsets, gastrointestinal disturbances, feelings of agitation and pressure. It's easily treatable and can be brought under control in six to eight weeks. 
Episodic Acute Stress is more serious and can lead to migraines, hypertension, stroke, heart attack, anxiety, depression, and serious gastrointestinal distress. It's quite treatable, but it takes general life style readjustments, four to six months, and often requires professional help. 
Chronic Stress is the most serious of all. It's the stress that never ends. It grinds us down until our resistance is gone. Serious systemic illness such as diabetes, decreased immune-competence, perhaps cancer is its hallmark. It can be treated, even reversed, but it takes time - sometimes two to three years-and often requires professional help. 
Traumatic Stress is the result of massive acute stress, the effects of which can reverberate through our systems for years. Posttraumatic stress disorder is treatable and reversible and usually requires professional aid. 

Stress is additive and cumulative. Stress affects each of us differently. We each perceive demands and pressures differently and respond differently. Effective stress management programs take individual differences into account and tailor the stress action plan to fit the individual. The demands and pressures of our times are escalating at a dizzying pace. Consider present work schedules, increasing competitive pressures, discrimination and prejudice, psychological harassment, marital instability, changing household roles, child-rearing concerns, affordable childcare, and accessible transportation and how they create increased demands and pressures for you. Unraveling the complexities and puzzles of your personal stress situation can go a long way toward making stress more manageable and lessen its damaging impact on your life. When you're working with complexity, data and information are meaningless unless you can get answers that lead to effective action. That's why we designed the OrgSET - Organizational Skills Enhancement Training Workshop. This workshop will help you systematically evaluate and organize your thinking on your sources and symptoms of stress, in order to chart a course of effective personal action.

Studies show that, organizational stress management skills promote well-being and saves money in the workplace. Effective organizational stress interventions:
Lower operating costs: $1 spent on stress management = $7 returns on investment 
Increase access to, utilization, and valuation of human capital 
Create company's leadership role in nurturing a productive and healthy work environment in turbulent times 
Leverage intranet technology investments in support of strategic and workforce initiatives while increasing individual and organizational stress knowledge 
Reduce a variety of risks 

Stress knowledge will help reduce corporate liability. Research shows that in U.S.A.:
Inappropriate anger in the workplace, a symptom of stress and frustration, is a leading cause of firings - cited ahead of job incompetence. 
There are nearly two million instances of assault in the workplace per year. 
Homicide was the second leading cause of death in the workplace from 1992 to 1996, after fatal accidents. Eighty-three percent of these offenders were male, and most were 30 or over. 
For organizations and their employees, our customized services take you to positive action and behavioral changes that reduce stress in a consistent, organized manner, and will help you break out of your habitual approaches to stress in order to maintain a healthy and productive workplace.

What you get from OrgSET?
OrgSET helps to combine our expertise in the field of psychological health with your personnel's unique life experience so that your personnel can start taking immediate action to break out of their habitual response to stress. The knowledge your personnel gain in this workshop will help them understand where their stress comes from, how it affects, and what can be done to control it in a systematic way. The information is tailored to make it personally meaningful, so your personnel don't have to wade through mountains of irrelevant material on stress.

OrgSET is about recognizing that stress is part of our lives, and that we can handle or cope with many forms of stress. The course cannot deal with all types of stress, or indeed remove all distresses. OrgSET provides information on the effects of stress and techniques, which executives and professionals can use, for handling stress, especially in an organizational setting. Participants will have a chance to look at what they already do to deal with stress, to explore some techniques which are of proven benefit to others and to become aware of "Stress proofing" strategies.

The aim OrgSET is:
to draw attention to various symptoms of stress
to recognize how we react to stressful situations or people
to acquire specific skills for handling distress and
to adopt a more positive approach to face stress and therefore
to take improved care of ourselves and better living

ORGSET will help you develop targeted programs that:
alleviate your organizational symptoms of stress and job dissatisfaction
assist employees with developing coping skills and positive lifestyle behaviors 
audit workplace characteristics that affect employee health and productivity 
measurably decrease the negative impacts of stress on your organization/company 

OrgSET provide the tools you need to successfully transform measurable stress in your organization/company into measurable results. OrgSET include specialized coaching for top level / middle level mangers and Executives, mitigating stress in key personnel. OrgSET puts your company's stress data in context to provide a wealth of knowledge about your organization and stress. The more you know about stress, the more you can control its effects on your company's health, productivity and bottom-line.

The OrgSET workshop includes the following steps: 
Discovering what is work stress and what is not.
Taking a comprehensive, research-based, 130-item stress assessment tool. 
Helps to identify your personnel's susceptibility, sources and symptoms of stress 
Learning a scientifically formulated Meditation method
Training various relaxation techniques
Action planning that leads your personnel through a well-organized set of steps to help make the changes that will promote their health and quality of life, whether decide to take action oneself, with a medical professional, with family and friends, or with work colleagues. 
Access help through a 24-hour LifeLine Service that will help your personnel skillfully manage the process of change. 
OrgSET workshop helps your personnel make the positive behavioral changes that reduce stress in a consistent, organized manner.

The OrgSET program 
OrgSET is designed as a three-hour interactive workshop with handouts for participants, and will be facilitated by THRANI team. At THRANI, we help companies reduce the costs of stress. OrgSET is scheduled in to five days of 3 hours from 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm

Day-1
a. Discovering Stress 
Stress is a feeling of tension that is both emotional and physical. It can occur in specific situations. Different people perceive different situations as stressful. Stress management refers to a holistic effort to control and reduce the tension that occurs with a situation, which is considered difficult or unmanageable.

b. Assessing Stress Levels
THRANI team has developed a Comprehensive Stress Assessment Tool and is being widely used for the last few years. This is a very beneficial tool for each participant to re-discover and realize his/her stress level patterns.

c. Meditation & Relaxation
Active Mediation - a scientifically designed, non-religious and specific method of meditation intended for executives and professionals will be taught. Each day the OrgSET training would conclude with the practice of 30-minutes Active Meditation. Apart from this each day a new relaxation technique will be taught.

Day-2
a. Improving Motivational Levels
Motivation is the driving force behind all our actions. It helps one to decide what needs and goals you really value and are willing to work for. Motivation is the key for improving organizational climate for higher profits.

b. Relaxation Techniques & Meditation

Day-3
a. Assertive Skills
In the average organization only about 4% of information on the personnel problems reaches the people at the top. Do you know what is going on in your workplace? This course will assist participants to effectively communicate with others to maximize positive outcomes. This course aims to facilitate attitudinal and behavioral change so that participants will be able to effectively communicate with others to maximize positive outcomes. Training on assertive skills meant to enable people to insist on being treated fairly, to ask what they want, to express their preferences, needs opinions and feelings tactfully, justly and effectively. Assertiveness is not something you do; assertiveness is who you are!

b. Relaxation Techniques & Meditation

Day-4
a. Time Management
Not realizing, how much time people waste! We can't manage time; but can manage self. We can manage what we do with the time we have. Disorganization, unclear goals, too many personal phone calls, disjointed processes, no routines, poor planning, procrastination, lack of focus, lack of training, junk e-mail, surfing, and it goes on. These are all time bandits that steal our time and people often don't make the connection that it's why they never have enough. Working in this state is an absolute breeding ground for stress. Stop wasting time, Now!, Get the things done given time, skills for Time Management will help your personnel to achieve this.

b. Refuting Irrational Ideas
Studies show that irrational ideas and believes cause all our unreasonable or excessive emotions. In fact, things happen to them do not disturb people, but by the views and perceptions they take of those events do! Skills for refuting or challenging ones own irrational ideas and views are essential for personal development and normal functioning.

c. Relaxation Techniques & Meditation

Day-5
a. Problem Solving & Decision Making
Life is full of choices and can be viewed as a constant series of decisions. Only by making rational decisions that one is able to "take charge" of life. Some decisions seem unimportant but are important. Any one decision at any given time may be trivial but taken altogether the cumulative effect of conscientiously making those millions of decisions determines the outcome of our lives. Decision-making and problem solving are very important in anyone's life, which necessitates specific skills for a better result or outcome.

b. Relaxation Techniques & Meditation

c. Review of OrgSET

 

 

OrgSET lead:

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Dr T S Arunkumar, MMSP, MPhil, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Mental Health Centre, Thiruvananthapuram

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Dr Elizabeth Vadakekara, MBBS, PGDCAP (UK), Patron, THRANI center for crisis control

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Prof (Dr) B Dharmangadan PhD, Former Head, Department of Psychology, University of Kerala

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Prof (Dr) V Nanda Mohan MSc, PhD, Dean, Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of Kerala

 

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