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June 10, 2008


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Michael L. Gooch

Work stress takes a much larger toll on our health than we care to admit. For a handful of money, we give the corporations our health and years off of our lives. The current crisis with gasoline prices simply compounds the problems of the working American. And with oil predicted to reach $200 a barrel, it will only get worse, which is why the major corporations should begin to address the impact this is having on its workforce. Creative solutions or less profit taking could be in order. In my management book, Wingtips with Spurs, I devote an entire section to the effects of stress on our mental and physical health. Not from a medical point of view but rather from the view of a human resources professional of 30 years. Stress kills and will keep killing as long as we refuse to learn the coping tools. Michael L. Gooch, SPHR Author of Wingtips with Spurs: Cowboy Wisdom for Today’s Business Leaders http://www.michaellgooch.com


You are so right. Work stress is having a significant impact on our health. The price of gas is adding big time stress. And as other household products costs rise as a result of oil prices, the pressure will increase.

Companies are beginning to realize that stress is impacting their business - in terms of quality and the bottom line. I think business results are the only reason a company would be willing to put $$$ into stress management. That's reality.

Stress is here to stay - and probably will get worse rather than better over time. It is possible to teach people to manage their response to stress, to more productively and effectively cope. It's not about relaxation or going to a spa. It's about consciously managing your body's response to stress.

Your HR background is impressive. Any suggestions on how to reach out to corporations to get them to teach stress management/stress coping skills to their employees?

I love the title of your book and the concept of cowboy/ranch stories to teach corporate lessons. I am planning to pick up a copy of the book today when I am out.

Michael L. Gooch

I only wish I knew more about this topic. I have spent the last few days on the road trying to convince a unionized plant of 1600 employees to take benefit concessions. To do so, may very well prevent the closure of the plant. Of course, the feedback centers around the difficulty of getting paying the rent while paying for higher gas and food prices. This particular plant is in a geographically isolated area where generations of the same family have worked there. One thing that really stood out during my conversations with them was the lack of a plan B in thier lives. Maybe there is something we should be working on in this arena. For now, it's tough. I wish I had the answer.

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in my opinion, it's no point forcing yourself to do something you do not enjoy.

Stress Management in Workplace

However, with the world crying foul over the unprecedented effects that the gloom of stress has created; there is always a silver lining over this grey cloud- that of taking to health and to befriend it, slitting ties with unhealthy habits and schedules. It is never too late to get back one’s health.

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