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Managing Stress for Better Health

Living in Hong Kong can be stressful for a myriad of reasons, not least of which is the increasing pressures of work and keeping your job. Economic and political instability and the growing unemployment figures mean that people are working harder and putting in longer hours. This will eventually lead to burnout for the individual and a decrease in productivity for the company. However, there is help at hand. At OT&P, we offer a programme specifically developed for stress reduction and prevention. 

The aim of the programme is to help individuals who want to reduce stress levels for better health and work performance; as well as companies who want to improve staff relationships and communication, to improve health and work performance through appropriate stress management.

In a four hour programme participants will learn:

  • to identify stress and how the stress response is developed in humans;
  • about the physical, mental and emotional effects of long-term stress;
  • about optimal beneficial stress versus negative stress;
  • how to utilise stress to benefit yourself, as well as your work colleagues;
  • about the ABC of stress management;
  • how to deal with the stresses related to living and working in Hong Kong’s fast-paced business environment. 

During the programme, participants will be taken through a number of activities, at the end of which you will learn a lifesaving ‘rapid stress relief’ technique.

Programmes can be tailored to specific corporate and individual needs. 

Please do email us at central@otandp.com if you have any enquiries.

Occupational Medicine

There has rarely been a more pertinent time for businesses to realise the value of good Occupational Medicine advice. It is clear that major health problems can have a significant impact on business and that strategic planning ahead of time and the availability of immediate medical expertise can minimise risk.

During both times of crisis and in planning for emergencies, Occupational Medicine physicians can assess staff risk (for example, in the office, community or when travelling), and can advise on appropriate measures which may both optimise business performance and reduce staff anxiety. Remembering that at all times health problems can still significantly affect productivity, minimising any effect from these will lead to optimal outcomes. These problems can be broken down into:

  • An individual’s health problem potentially affecting work. For example, alcoholism, poorly controlled diabetes, back pain, excessive stress, and over-use of diet pills can all affect the ability of the individual at work.
  • Work potentially affecting staff health. For example, repetitive strain injury, tenosinovitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, high stress levels, infection (Hepatitis B) and injury, including violence, particularly outside Hong Kong.

An overall assessment of the working environment and advising staff, through talks and seminars, can help with general risk reduction within a company, while individual problems are likely to need specific advice. 

In summary, Occupational Medicine is a medical specialty which focuses both on protecting business from the effects of ill health (thereby potentially increasing productivity); and protecting people against health issues caused by or exacerbated by work, and therefore optimising the work environment and job satisfaction.

Remember, good health = good business.