Dear Managers: Heed the Signs of Stress in the Workplace

Friday, April 8, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT  
Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Michael Stallard, President and Cofounder, E Pluribus Partners/Connection Culture Group

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In today’s workplace, performance demands and stress are on the rise while relational support is in decline. As a result, many workers are struggling. The current state is contributing to an increase in anxiety, depression, and addiction. Research shows that nearly half of Americans have one or more addictions that have a negative effect on their physical or mental health. The current state also diminishes organizational health and performance, including lower employee engagement, employee wellness, and productivity. It doesn't have to be this way.

The best culture to help people cope with stress is a connection culture. Connection is defined as a bond based on shared identity, empathy, and understanding that moves individuals toward group-centered membership. One prominent neuroscientist describes connection as a superpower because it makes people more productive, healthier and happier.

In this session participants will learn:

  • how to identify overstressed people in the workplace
  • how to maximize “challenge stress” and minimize “toxic stress”
  • 3 types of relational subcultures in every organization
  • 3 essential elements of a life-giving, high-performance connection culture
  • mini case studies and best practices of leading organizations.


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Michael Stallard
Michael Stallard

President and Cofounder, E Pluribus Partners/Connection Culture Group

Michael Lee Stallard is president of E Pluribus Partners, a leadership training and consulting firm based in Greenwich, Connecticut. He speaks and teaches at a wide variety of organizations, including Foote, Cone & Belding; Google; Johnson & Johnson; MD Anderson Cancer Center; NASA; and Scotiabank. Michael is the primary author of Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy, and Understanding at Work and Fired Up or Burned Out: How to Reignite Your Team’s Passion, Creativity, and Productivity. He writes the CEO Advisor column for FoxBusiness.com and is a regular contributor to SmartBrief. Articles about his work have appeared in leadership periodicals worldwide. He is a faculty member of the Institute for Management Studies and Executive Development Partners. Prior to founding E Pluribus Partners, Michael was chief marketing officer for businesses at Morgan Stanley and Charles Schwab. Earlier in his career, he worked as an executive at Barclays and Texas Instruments.