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Switch off stress and bring enthusiasm back to your workplace

5 min read
June 26, 2024

Studies show that two-thirds of European workers feel stressed at work and that 50% of all workers feel disengaged at work due to different stressors. 

In the age of constant communication, multiple screens, and growing requirements, learning how to identify and manage stress factors effectively and build resilience is the key to successful leadership and growing organizations. 

Stress at work has a direct impact on performance

Workplace stress is a silent, but costly challenge affecting both employees and organizations. Productivity and performance at work depend on the employees’ ability to focus on their responsibilities and the way they manage their time and pressure. Unfortunately, when their day-to-day jobs are stressful, they find it difficult to concentrate, leading to missed deadlines and targets. Plus, the growing tension lowers their creativity, which leads to the loss of their problem-solving skills. 



Workplace stress means less collaboration

Even though often individually perceived, stress doesn’t affect just individuals. Everyone experiences stress differently, and we all have a different stress response – but what it’s in common for all people is that we all experience a burst of negative emotions when dealing with chronic stress. This often makes us irritated, cynical, and prone to conflict. 

When unmanaged stress comes into play – we lose our ability to communicate effectively, leading to workplace conflict and lower productivity. 

Stress leads to a complete enthusiasm loss

Chronic stress often leads to other mental health conditions, such as burnout, depression, anxiety, and “quiet quitting”. 

When stress turns into burnout, employees start feeling trapped in their roles and start putting in the minimum effort to keep their jobs. They avoid stress by avoiding to go the extra mile, such as speaking up at meetings, being proactive, and they stop showing any enthusiasm regarding their careers in a specific organization. 

All of this affects their absenteeism, presentism, and in the worst-case scenario – it leads to high turnover rates. 

How to switch off stress at work 

Number #1 thing that companies do to reduce tension in their workplaces is usually lowering the workload. However, stress has a number of causes, and preventing a high workload is not always the solution. It’s crucial to map out the underlying causes of stress and understand how it affects both the individuals and the organization as a whole. 

By getting to the root of the problem, and implementing resilience tactics, leaders can show empathy and lead by example. 

That’s why we’ve created a unique resilience-building and business stress-management training: “Switch-off stress”.

The program equips leaders with the tools, strategies, and skills needed to build personal resilience and effective business

stress management. By focusing on these key aspects, leaders will be able to improve their own

performance and promote a healthy work culture in their teams.

After they complete the program, the leaders will: 

  • Understand the importance of building resilience to face business challenges and manage stress in a dynamic environment
  • Adopt the practical techniques and tools for strengthening personal resilience and overcoming stressful situations at the workplace
  • Implement strategies for effective management of time, priorities, and workload to reduce business stress
  • Create personalized plans to maintain a balance between business demands and personal well-being, with an emphasis on the long-term preservation of mental and physical health

How our unique approach makes a difference

At Heads Adriatic, we recognize that each individual is unique, with distinct motivations and experiences. This understanding shapes our training programs, transforming them from standard sessions into personalized journeys that deepen understanding and promote personal and professional growth. Our approach isn’t one-size-fits-all; every workshop is tailored to the needs of the individuals and organizations we work with, ensuring that learning is as relevant as it is impactful.

We harness the power of personal experiences, integrating them into our training to provide a truly customized learning environment. This method allows participants to not only reflect on their own behaviors and dynamics but also to apply what they learn in real-world situations directly relevant to their daily work lives. By creating a customized learning environment that truly resonates with each participant, we ensure that learning is not just theoretical but a practical toolkit for thriving in real-world challenges.



About Sandra Mraović Deković – the creator of the SWITCH OFF STRESS program



With two decades of entrepreneurial experience and leadership, Sandra Mraović Deković, MSc in Economics and a licensed executive coach from AOEC London, specializes in human resources and resilience building. She emphasizes the importance of resilience in achieving organizational goals and has a special interest in the emotional competencies of individuals, leaders, and teams. Sandra is known for her application of Hogan assessments to unlock the potential of ambitious professionals striving for success.

As a licensed trainer of the DISC Flow® model, she promotes an understanding of diversity to enhance team cohesion and efficiency. Sandra supports individual development with the scientifically grounded principles of W. Glasser’s Choice Theory, emphasizing collaborative leadership in practice.

She is the author of the innovative SURI® model, a structured approach to managing business stress at both the individual and organizational levels. This contemporary concept aims to empower individuals to recognize stress triggers, understand their causes, and apply techniques to manage stress in the workplace effectively. Through her programs, Sandra helps professionals navigate the challenges of modern business environments, leading to improved well-being and productivity.

Don’t miss the opportunity to transform the way your organization handles stress and builds resilience. 

This unique program is not just another stress management course – it’s a pathway to real, sustainable change in both personal resilience and business stress management. Sign up now to secure your spot and take the first step towards a healthier, more productive workplace. Remember, when it comes to tackling stress, the best time to act was yesterday – the next best time is now.

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