How Does A Negative Work Environment Create Job Stress?

Does a crabby co-worker or an overly demanding boss increase stress? Absolutely. According to my job stress research, the environment at work is the 3rd leading cause of stress.  This makes sense for a couple of reasons: First, stress is contagious. Sitting next to a highly stressed person increases your stress.  A recent study indicates…

Chaos In My Home Office: Women’s Stress Management

How do you stay productive and manage stress when your office is in chaos? A home office has its challenges: Interruptions are frequent.  Work hours are fluid.  The line between work and home is blurred. Working next to a construction site… well, that is my life and work for the next eight weeks. How do…

What Is Missing In Your Employee Wellness Program?

Employee Wellness Program Challenges Recently Eliz keynoted the Biz Times Wellness Summit and facilitated roundtable discussions about “What’s Missing In Your Wellness Program” with HR professionals, CEOs, and wellness providers.  These discussions resulted in insights on challenges facing employers and best practices beneficial to anyone managing an employee wellness program. Employer Challenge: Overcome Stigma To…

Is Work Life Balance A Myth?

Initial Results From The Study On Job Stress We’ve all heard work life balance is the key to stress management, but is it true?  Our study on job stress shows some interesting results. Work life balance is based on a few assumptions: The binary push and pull relationship between work and home is the main…

UWM Women’s Leadership Conference

Today I have the great honor to be surrounded by 500 impressive women leaders in the Milwaukee area at a conference hosted by the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee School of Continuing Education. Did you know spending time with other amazing women can lower your stress and reduce your risk of heart disease by 30%?…

Could Job Stress Be The New Smoking?

After working with women to improve heart health and manage stress for more than a decade, I discovered there isn’t enough data about the specifics of the job stress environment and how it impacts men and women differently. This led me to embark on a multiphase research project to explore this important topic. Research suggests…

Tips To Keep Moving Even When You Are Injured

How do you stay active when you can’t walk? A Thanksgiving kitchen accident involving a pot of boiling water put my 15-year-old daughter in a walking boot to protect her scalded foot for a month.  Her injury healed well, but in the process we needed to find ways for her to stay active. I shared…

Move In Your Seat: Healthy Meeting Tips at MANA Conference

This morning’s Michigan Association of Nurse Anesthetists started off with a line dance and fun. Eliz presented “Move Your Bootie” and shared strategies to move in your seat during meetings to keep the blood flowing and increase attention.  Participants in the 7 am session ended with a line dance and smiles. Later in the day…

Healthy Meeting Tips

Get Up! Tips for a healthy and productive meeting, conference, or convention Recently, I had the honor of presenting a session at the National Speakers Association Convention about healthy meeting strategies.  Here is the companion article for the session: A multiple day conference can undo the good work of healthy habits.  Four hours of sitting…