Fire fighting can be an extremely stressful profession leading to absenteeism, injury and, on occasion, premature retirement. Every fire officer’s ability to cope with stress will vary – that which may affect one individual fire fighter may not affect another. However, the stress of the job can have a physiological and psychological affect on both the fire fighter and their families.
In view of this, many fire services are putting in mechanisms to identify and minimise the causes of stress and to encourage a healthy workplace culture. This book is a useful resource and provides a no-nonsense, practical approach to managing stress, both at work and home.
This book, by Carole Spiers, is for everyone who needs to effectively manage personal stress, from a manager, supervisor or team leader to any individual who has to deal quickly with work stress.
The aim of Show Stress Who’s Boss! is to deliver practical answers to the many questions regarding the management of stress in order to achieve a healthy work-life balance.
Thoughtfully illustrated and full of proven tips and strategies, this book will leave the reader feeling confident that they can handle stress in a way that will not only deal with the effects of excessive pressure on personal performance and relationships, but also with the root cause.
The tools, skills and techniques presented, are based on Carole’s experience over twenty five years in managing workplace stress as she shares the skill required as to how to overcome its damaging effects.
Read the book from cover to cover, or dip into it when you have a stress-related problem that needs solving quickly! Its aim is to deliver instant answers to your questions.
Either way, keep it close to hand so that you can Show Stress Who’s Boss!
Stress is a condition whereby any object has exceeded its capacity to withstand a specific pressure or group of pressures at any particular point in time. This object could be inanimate or animate: a piece of wood, a bridge or a human being. In the case of a bridge, for instance, it will be designed for a maximum safe working load, and will be clearly marked with such. In the case of a human being, we have no such determined information, and apart from this fact, we are all different and with varying degrees of capacity to absorb pressure.
In this context we refer specifically to those working in the emergency services and, in particular, the fire service. Those involved in handling emergencies are necessarily highly trained professionals in managing critical incidents that may be relevantly minor in scale or, on the other hand, of catastrophic proportions.
In each case, it is necessary that the professional has the equipment, training and authority to meet and manage the pressures inherent in any given situation. In any incident, at any given point, if the capacity of the professional is exceeded by his or her current resources, then the result will be stress. That condition, if prolonged, can lead to breakdown or burnout.
When we talk about resources, these can be both personal i.e. strength of character, resolve, faith and intellectual integrity etc., and tangible i.e. tools, equipment, communication devices, protective clothing etc., and, of course professional training and qualification. These criteria could apply equally to a mountain climber on Everest as to a fire fighter.
The critical safety component is to be able to identify and recognise the signs and symptoms of stress in both ourselves and in others before any damage or injury is sustained by any person so affected or by any third party that might be involved by a wrong decision or by the omission of a necessary decision taken at a critical moment.
Carole’s credibility is rooted in twenty years success as CEO of a leading UK Stress Management Consultancy, working with equal success both in the UK and the Gulf. She is a well-respected authority on corporate stress, a BBC Guest-Broadcaster and bestselling author of ‘Show Stress Who’s Boss!’
Carole is an international Motivational Speaker, a weekly business columnist for Gulf News and is regularly called upon by the national press and media for comment.
For more information, go to www.carolespiersgroup.co.uk