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General Stress Level

Long hours combined with persistent stressors are a feature of executive life. General Stress Response captures this key baseline metric.

Activity Strain
The understand the daily load of Stress, PQ links the total volume to the  average level measured.
Accumulated Stress
This contributes directly to the General Stress, with no contribution to performance.
24 Hour Recovery
PQ finds General Stress scores correlate negatively with 24 Hour Recovery scores.
Initiral Recharge Level
Low Recharge levels and high General Stress scores are red flags.
FAQs about General Stress Level

Executives who have been assessed by PQ recognised the symptoms described by their PQ Coaches.
These are the 3 most asked questions we receive.

What do I focus on??

General Stress is hard to recognise It captures the level of Stress that an individual is used to experiencing. The number of hours with a Stress Response should be consciously managed.

How is performance enhanced?

Executives will experience long periods of persistent Stress, much of this required to deliver results. To develop rising peaks of performance over time requires the realistic management of the General Stress level.
Can my manager help?

Excessive managerial focus on defined outputs, particularly post-Covid, generates high levels of General Strain. Coaching colleagues to meet high expectations requires 2-way communication.


THE FUNDAMENTAL BASELINE PQ PARAMETER

General Stress Response captures the experience of working life in a single metric.

The anticipation and delivery of consistently high-quality outcomes take a physiological toll. Average levels of Stress reflect this reality for each executive. It is clear that more focused self-management can improve productivity whilst moderating Stress. 

4.8
The average General Stress Level score across PQ's database is below optimal.

Most executives manage their working day without relevant and conscious Stress targets.

100%
All executives live with Stress. Measure it, Understand it, Manage it.

The opportunity to reshape the working culture is clear. Stress must deliver performance not impair it.

4 NEXT STEPS

General Stress is often reflective of engrained habits of work and lifestyle. This makes change both challenging and highly productive where successful.

CHALLENGE INERTIA

Recognise and change patterns of behaviour that lengthen working hours, slow down productive outcomes and reduce Recovery activities.

BE REALISTIC

Simply put, the activities you perform at work generate the majority of your Stress during the working week. Focus on those activities.

RECOVERY PLANS

A positive, active approach to Recovery is foundational. What are your Recovery activities? How will you enhance your Sleep Quality?

AIM FOR NEW PEAKS

High General Stress greatly reduces the potential for new Personal Best Performances. Identify and plan for new highs.

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