Last month, I was delighted to be an invited speaker at the Operational HR conference in Bucarest, Romania.
Despite suffering from a heavy cold, I managed to get through my presentation! It was all about the value of Psychological Flexibility skills for HR professionals and their organisations.
Immediately afterward, I was interviewed by one of the conference organisers and you can see the brief video below – hoping my cold and lack of sleep aren’t too obvious!
I’m trying to make the point that stress in the workplace doesn’t really have a single root cause and that organisations will benefit from taking a systematic and scientific approach to identify and quantify the problem – so that a suitable intervention can be used.
It’s important to remember that job-related stress could come from the way that jobs are designed, from acute spikes in workload, from organisational change, workplace relationship challenges, the interface between work and home…the list goes on.
As with most other workplace psychology topics, it’s clear that there are no effective ‘one size fits all’ approaches to addressing workplace stress.
As my presentation was about the impact of Psychological Flexibility, I also outline a key benefit of practicing these skills: using our values, rather than an emotional response, to guide our reactions to events around us. You can find out much more about the topic over on our Psychological Flexibility page, including some free resources to help you clarify what your own values are.