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Welcome to our page providing more information on Workplace Bullying. On this page you will find:

  1. How Can Beyond Stress Help Me?
  2. What Happens To Cause Bullying in the Workplace
  3. Why Is Bullying At Work Becoming So Prevalent
  4. Research Shows That Over Time the Effects of Bullying Get Worse
  5. How To Avoid The Effects Of Bullying
  6. Bullying Affects Workmates
  7. Personal Coaching at Beyond Stress
  8. Workplace Bullying Support Group
  9. Specialist Service for Highly Driven Managers
  10. Bullying, Restructuring, Redundancy
  11. Pricing and Cancellations
  1) How Can Beyond Stress Help Me?  
  Beyond Stress provides specialised personal coaching for people who have experienced workplace bullying. We begin by releasing the shock response, accessing the exact ways your body needs to move to release the accumulated stress and tension.

Following this, and when you are ready, our coaching shifts to a programme that empowers you to achieve your personal best levels of performance. This phase includes the opportunity to attend our monthly ‘Workplace Mojo’ support group which provides a supportive community of individuals moving on from the experience of workplace bullying.

Our Stressology ™ protocols use natural, ‘green prescription’ methods to empower you again. We re-claim your full mental alertness and your ability to relax by guiding body, brain, and eyes back to their rhythmical connections with each another.

The way forward is not by sitting still, thinking it all out, and understanding what is happening. Resolving workplace bullying is about moving forward confidently – developing stamina, and reclaiming personal stability.

  2) What Happens To Cause Bullying in the Workplace  
  We believe that workplace bullying is the predictable consequence of ongoing unresolved workplace stress.

‘Stressed out’ human beings become either over-sensitised, or brutish. Both responses are the work of the instinctual fight/flight survival response, which operates in all mammals when they perceive that they are under threat.

Surprisingly, whether a given person is typically a careful linear thinker or a global creative person, the process is the same. Access to the least favourite skill-set is lost and the primary skill set (either the pedantic linear logic, or the run-away, big picture “what if…?” thinking) is used to the exclusion of all else. People responding in the opposite way occur as threats.

When the fight/flight reflex is activated, research shows that the brain’s electrical activity shifts to the middle of the brain where heart rate, blood supply, muscle action, and so on are controlled. The nervous system becomes ‘alarmed’, over-focused on monitoring the safety of the environment at the expense of other functions which are not crucial for survival in these threatening circumstances.
  3) Why Is Bullying At Work Becoming So Prevalent?  
  The instinctual fight/flight response needs movement to complete it and switch it off. In earlier times releasing stress as it occurred happened as an inherent part of the activity of working. Detecting a threat to family, animals, or crops naturally led to the movement of fighting or fleeing to safety.

However neither of these responses are appropriate today where it is important to stay behind your desk, well behaved, and silent. In the urban workplaces of the 21st century we specialise in overpowering our instinctual response to move and release the tensioned muscles that are poised and ready for action. Time and again we stay still, accumulating yet more muscle tension and stress.

Any exercise helps to some extent, but movement is less and less part of daily work, and time outside of work for exercise is becoming scarce too. As stress levels rise recreation choices change away from enthusiastic and active movement  to more couch-based entertainment activities, and resilience declines further. Eventually the cycle of overwhelm takes things to the point where personal conflict becomes the inevitable outlet.

4) Research Shows That Over Time the Effects of Bullying Get Worse  
  In her groundbreaking book on Bullying in NZ in 2003, Andrea Needham found that “A workplace bullying situation which is not managed generally does not go away – it gets worse and the costs to all stakeholders increase over time.”

And in 2011 an academic survey of all the research on bullying found that “scientific evidence to suggest causation of negative outcomes by bullying is growing.” The study found that bullying causes:

  • post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms
  • depression, anxiety, burnout
  • chronic fatigue, sleep disturbances, suicidal thoughts
  • anger, irritability, lowered self-esteem
  • musculoskeletal complaints and muscle tension
  • headache
  • nausea, stomach upset, social withdrawal
  • reduced productivity, confidence and satisfaction at work
  • decreased problem solving ability, concentration, and
    rational judgement.
  5) How To Avoid The Effects Of Bullying  
  To avoid this trail of declining performance and illness it is important that competent help addresses the interrupted fight/flight response releasing the accumulating muscle tension.

At Beyond Stress we reverse this downward spiral. Our movement-based methods assess your particular survival responses. We focus fully on what you are dealing with, identifying the goals that are important to you, and getting you moving towards them again.

Our particular interest and expertise with bullying is founded on over 10 years working with stress and overwhelm. We know the constraints your senses will have had to operate with, and we know how to get you back on your feet, operating fully again.

  6) Bullying Affects Workmates  
  Research shows that people who have witnessed bullying are also affected. Concentrating, solving problems, and being happy is compromised. When you work closely with someone who is being bullied your nervous system also gets alarmed, reducing your levels of satisfaction, and laying you open to illness.

We recommend that close work colleagues who find that their productivity has declined seek their own individual assessment and movement-based coaching.

It may be appropriate to undertake a workplace programme from our Workplace Workshops.

You will find more infomration on Point 6 (Interactive Workplace Workshops) and Point 7 (Educational Seminars) on our Coaching For Groups Page. Please Click Here and scroll down.

  7) Personal Coaching After Bullying at Beyond Stress  
  We have a particular interest and expertise in coaching people to move on from the experience of workplace bullying. At first a series of weekly or fortnightly sessions addresses the presenting circumstances and the instinctual shock response. This phase is followed by monthly sessions in which clients rediscover their own goals, develop personal stamina and resilience, and take back control of their life.

Where appropriate, family members join coaching sessions on personal resilience skills. For some families this is a very effective part of the targeted person’s recovery of pride and self-esteem, providing benefits - at no extra cost - to partners or children who have also been adversely affected.

  8) Workplace Bullying Support Group  
  These supportive monthly meetings provide a positive community environment for clients moving on from the personal experience of workplace bullying.  
  9) Specialist Services For Highly Driven Managers  
  Individuals who find themselves overly focused, highly driven, and unable to avoid ‘rubbing other people the wrong way’, also respond to specialised individual coaching from Beyond Stress.

Our individual, movement-based coaching re-activates the frontal lobes of the brain, calming the instinctual reflexes and bringing the skills of conscious judgement back in to play. These techniques restore flexibility to body and mind, raising resilience and improving the ability to understand others.

  10) Bullying,…Restructuring…,Redundancy…  
  The intense, private, conversations of the workplace where bullying is occurring are essentially the same as those that follow restructuring announcements, the delivery of redundancy notices,  acts of violence, and natural disasters. Phrases such as  “You must take care of yourself”, and “Don’t worry about the organization at this point”, pepper the conversation.

Understanding that under stress human beings respond in two  distinct and predictable ways can simplify the huge drama and complexity of these intense situations. Astute intervention takes a perspective that looks beyond the turmoil to find effective methods that steady the human nervous system and forward constructive action.

Beyond Stress provides tools to assist individuals and workplace groups through stressful events.

Please see our Personal Coaching and Coaching For Groups pages for further information on how we can contribute to the services you require.

  11) Pricing and Cancellations  
  Individual Coaching Seasons take place in our clinic surroundings. Sessions are scheduled for 75 to 90 minutes. Unless otherwise arranged, payment in cash, by cheque, or online of $140.00 per session is due at the time of booking each session.

A free initial half-hour meeting provides the opportunity for both parties to assess whether Personal Coaching from Beyond Stress is what you require at this point. Most often this leads directly into the first session, which ends with the scheduling the second session. Payment for the first two sessions is therefore due at the end of the first session.

Unpaid sums attract interest and retrieval costs at standard rates.

Individual Coaching Sessions may be changed up to 24 hours before the time arranged and rebooked subject to availability. Please advise if you are unable to attend at short notice. Whilst allowances can be made for unexpected emergencies, less than 24 hours notice may incur a 15% fee.

  • “The tide really turned from the moment we did that work.”
  • “I experienced results right from the first session.”
  • “Even my boss remarked on the increase in my confidence, happiness, and openness to previously stressful situations.”
  • “Since the sessions I’ve been very motivated and happy with my life.”
  • “The sessions were remarkably effective, and I have no hesitation in thoroughly recommending the process.”
  • “Before the sessions I was in a spin. Now I have an overwhelming sense of balance and calm.”
  • “Thanks to your sessions I now have control over my future.”
  • “Beyond Stress recognised my situation and addressed it with real competence.”
  • “Working with Beyond Stress made me steady and able to see what I wanted to achieve.”
  • “Working with Beyond Stress gave me real strength and confidence. We resolved the patterns that kept generating my oversensitivity.”
  • “Working with Beyond Stress has been profoundly rewarding.”
  • “Thanks to the sessions I developed a sense of calm and ease.”
  • “The work with Beyond Stress is the reason we are sleeping better, and are enjoying a much more positive lifestyle.”