Stress is a major problem in our society – How many times have we heard that?

The statistics are getting worse with some reports suggesting 93% of Australians are “stressed”. It seems amazing that these statistics continue to rise even though we have more  than ever. Our standard of living is high, employment rates are high and our life expectancy is at an all-time high. 

In recent times  “Stress Reduction” has become a major industry with everything from mindfulness coloring books to yoga to meditation being identified as the savior of the stress epidemic.   There is no doubt that all these and many other practices will help reduce stress BUT maybe it is more important to ask yourself Why are you stressed?

As one that has experienced the outcome of not managing stress, I know it  is vital to take time out to reflect.  Often when you take time out you realise just how lucky we really are and stress starts to reduce. It’s often the simple things that can make a real difference –  be it spending time with friends, exercising or even spending time with your pet. 

Whatever technique you use it’s important to do something you enjoy.

Mindfulness, meditation, and yoga often causes me more stress BUT spending time with family or exercising works best for me.

Spend time doing what you love and you really will spend less time being “Stressed”.

People and Performance

I spend the majority of my time helping people to maximise their potential to perform and have been doing this for many years. In this time, I have found “monitoring” to play a major role in respect to enabling positive performance.

However, often people get confused as to what “monitoring” actually is. I think one way of  explaining this is to use the analogy of the flight deck of an aeroplane where the pilot can view data to ensure the plane is functioning to its optimal level. This data is generated by technology that “monitors” the performance of the engine etc and the data is illustrated in the dashboard.

My job is to know what data needs to be generated and monitored so we can be sure HUMANS  are  performing to their optimal level. The issue is that we “monitor” so many non-living objects very effectively but we do not monitor the living human on a regular daily basis.  

 Check ups at the doctor can be a “monitoring” experience with blood pressure and other variables measured but how is this optimising day to day performance? The regular daily analysis of important data is vital in maximising the performance of people.

What data is illustrated on your dashboard?

Do you have a dashboard for those that are working for you? 

Are you or your staff performing to their optimal level?

If we have regular data for things that we use why not have it on ourselves? It’s crazy that we have more up to date information on our cars than we have on the people driving them.

The most important asset we have is people,  however,  too often we put far greater emphasis on other assets than the Human. By the implementation of a monitoring system that collects, analyses and presents regular information we can help maximse the potential of people  to perform.