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Presenter: Sibyl Cryer, BPI Expert
Emotional stress is one of the last taboos in business. It costs businesses far more than they realize and is only starting to be quantified. Yet the effects of emotional stress can be seen in soaring health care costs, increased absenteeism, slowed productivity, missed goals, poor product quality, and customer complaints.
Most companies are aware at the most senior levels that stress is one of the key drivers of health cost and lost productivity. The American Institute of Stress estimates 1 million workers are absent daily due to stress. The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work reports that over half of the 550 million working days lost annually in the U.S. from absenteeism are stress related.
For more than a decade, HeartMath LLC and the Institute of HeartMath have studied and decoded the underlying mechanics of stress. HeartMath research studies have demonstrated the critical link between emotions, heart function, and cognitive performance. HeartMath's compelling solutions for stress relief have been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals such as American Journal of Cardiology, Stress Medicine, and Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine.
Operating effectively while managing unprecedented change and uncertainty requires new awareness, new intelligence, and new skill—-the ability to maintain focus and clarity--even under extreme pressure. HeartMath’s research has identified a specific physiological state that underlies optimal performance. In this state, our brain, nervous system, body, and emotions are synchronized—in sync resulting in an improved ability to perceive, feel, focus, learn, reason and perform at our very best. The technology to generate this state called physiological coherence has earned HeartMath prestigious awards including the American Institute of Stress Award for Distinction and Innovation, Motorola’s Total Customer Satisfaction (TCS) award for Outstanding Process Creativity and American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Management Innovations Poster Session Award, and the TMC Innovation Award.