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CIPD Podcast 182 - Harnessing Pressure to Drive Performance
Date: 10/05/22 | Duration: 00:26:49
Dealing with stress can place immense demands on employees’ physical and mental health. Our Health and Wellbeing at Work 2022 report emphasises the negative impact stress can have on productivity, with 79% of organisations reporting some stress-related absence over the last year. So, the idea that organisations could purposely generate or allow pressure and stress to raise employee performance sounds counterintuitive, right? Well, not necessarily.
Join Nigel Cassidy and this month’s guests – Alexandra Lichtenfeld, Business Mentor at Client Matters, Dr Serra Pitts, Clinical Director at 87% Limited, and Alan Lambert, International Strategic HR Change Leader at TotalEnergies – as we explore the benefits of positive stress and why generating healthy levels of pressure can drive higher individual, team and organisation performance.
Alex is a business mentor specialising in business relationships and mental health & wellbeing in the workplace. She has gained a wealth of experience working with major corporates and agencies across a variety of business sectors over the last 30 years, which has given her a unique insight into both client and internal relationships. Improving business culture is at the heart of what she does as a mentor; from supporting business owners by improving professional relationships through open and honest conversation, understanding mental health and wellbeing to helping everyone communicate more effectively with one another.
Since February 2020, she has hosted her own chat show, Business Culture, on Men's Radio Station, where she chats with guests from all areas of the business world extensively about mental health and well-being in the workplace.
Dr Serra Pitts is a Chartered Psychologist and the Clinical Director for 87%, a workplace wellbeing data and insights firm in London. She began her career working with high-risk roles, in high-profile companies in the Americas and across EMEA. For the last 15 years she has consulted for a range of global organisations, delivering evidence-based mental health and wellbeing programmes for people and culture teams.