Employee Assistance Programs
Do you want to get the best performance out of your employees? Or reduce costly employee absenteeism? I can help.
I provide talks and facilitate workshops for Companies for the benefit of their employees. The information delivered during my talks and workshops is educational, practical and transformational, so everyone benefits. All employees also receive a copy of my Stress Gone! book – it’s a life saver with maximum, long-term benefits!
Worldwide, work stress is significantly higher than all other stress areas of people’s lives, including relationship or financial stress. Perhaps this is because people tend to spend the majority of their week day in the office behind a desk, and the commute to and from work usually exacerbates their stress levels. Unfortunately, the sad reality is most corporate employees are merely ‘existing’ month to month i.e. pay cheque to pay cheque, which compounds stress levels. As a result, stressed employees are also usually uninspired, unenthusiastic, unhappy, demotivated, miserable, and you guess it, stressed out! Human equity is an essential requirement for all service oriented and profit driven corporations. Having healthy staff with a positive and happy attitude is key to maintaining a high work ethic and morale. It’s a win-win all round.
Stress, no matter what the cause, will always have a detrimental impact upon one’s talents and abilities. Highlighted below are some of crucial ways in which stress can negatively impact employees, no matter what their job function or seniority levels are. Stress …
- Affects one’s ability to think clearly, logically and rationally,
- Decision making is naturally compromised,
- Impairs day to day effective functioning, people become prone to making silly and costly mistakes,
- Negatively impacts work efficiency and productivity levels,
- Stifles creativity levels and the ability to think and act on one’s feet,
- Doctors agree stress is cause of 90% of all illness and disease,
- Most dread diseases are stress related,
- Contributes towards high absenteeism rates,
- Stress impacts moods, sometimes creating irrational behaviour,
- Can cause sleep disorders; no one performs at their best when sleep deprived, and
- Costs companies plenty – not just financially …
Bottomline, stress sucks but it really doesn’t have to be that way … I offer highly effective solutions that work every time.
Anger Management and Trauma Counselling
I also offer both Anger Management and Trauma Counselling services to Companies for the benefit of their employees who may be struggling with these issues.
Helping your staff overcome their personal challenges is of great benefit and a win-win. Counselling enables your employees to improve their productivity, and re-focus their energies back to their work. Moreover, having the prerequisite coping mechanisms to adequately deal with life’s natural and normal challenges provides employees with greater confidence, which also helps improve productivity.
Would you’d like Bridget to assist your staff, conduct a workshop or deliver a talk?
Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: +27 (0) 83 675 3838 – we’ll gladly provide you with a quotation.
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Armed Robbery and Assault:
“I have to recommend this service to all. I was a Cargo Manager at the Johannesburg International Airport, where in the early hours of the morning my staff fell victim to an armed robbery. They were very traumatized and one had to be admitted to hospital after being assaulted by one of the perpetrators. I got in touch with Bridget who came to give counselling to the staff. she was great and the feedback from her and the staff was amazing. It wasn’t costly and did not require a follow up session as the staff were in a good space after the first session. If you find yourself or your staff in need of counselling, don’t hesitate to contact Bridget.” Nico Hutcheons. Managing Director at Tarariras Tours and Transfers Pty Ltd (One session only)
Attempted Hijacking and House Breakin:
“I wish to thank you for helping me come to terms with 2 rather traumatic and scary incidents that happened to me within the space of 3 days. Our single, one-on-one session helped me to process the physical effects of my trauma, and I felt empowered and my fear was contained within a short period of time, all thanks to your de-stressing techniques. I was hijacked a few years ago, and spent 3 years being held hostage by debilitating fear and trauma, and eventually had to resort to weekly counselling and medication. Thank you that I did not have to endure that long and emotional healingprocess again.” Taryn D. Johannesburg (One Session only)
NCC Environmental Services (Pty) Ltd – Wildland Firefighters:
Below is an extract of a letter received from NCC’s Executive Director, Justin Miller relating to the devastating 2019 Betty’s Bay fires that raged for 2 weeks, destroying +40 houses, damaging +20 others, and claimed lives too. During this tragic 2 week period I volunteered my Trauma Counselling services, and assisted 18 members of the public, including members of the NCC fire crew.
… “As the only specialised crews of their kind in the country, these teams set an incredibly high standard for themselves, and have always managed to contain and extinguish wild fires with limited to no loss to property and life. The ongoing fatigue and continuous stress started to take its toll, and eventually manifested itself after the destruction caused by the Betty’s Bay fire. After battling the fire for several days, the team returned from the mountain, having achieved their objective, only to discover that another flank on the far side of the mountain had re-ignited in gale force wind conditions and rapidly spread through and destroyed a large part of the town. After observing this destruction, and completely exhausted, many of the firefighters showed signs of PTSD and broke down, blaming themselves. The climatic conditions on the 11th January 2019 were so extreme, that no human intervention could have stopped the spread of the fire.
On realising that both members of the public and firefighters were requiring counselling to deal with this trauma, Bridget Edwards offered her services. With short notice, NCC’s management team contacted Bridget and organised a session with her the following day. A number of firefighters that showed signs and symptoms of PTSD, were encouraged to participate in her group session. This session proved incredible useful, and the results were almost immediate. On entering the session, many of the firefighters were clearly dejected and disheartened, but following the session, they were all relieved, content, reinvigorated and confident to continue. All of the firefighters that participated in the session were incredibly grateful and appreciative. Profoundly, all of them explained that they had learnt how not to take personal responsibility for such an uncontrollable event. This key learning was instrumental in the firefighter’s ability to move past this experience, and will assist them greatly in the future should they experience similar traumatic situations.
NCC would like to thank Ms Edwards for her amazing support and willingness to assist NCC’s firefighters and members of the public in their time of need. Her support and guidance made a significant impact, and allowed the team to function at full capacity immediately afterwards.”
Justin Miller, Exective Director of NCC Environmental Services (Pty) Ltd.
* Letter available on request.
For Working Parents
“Good morning Bridget, I was at the talk light night. I just wanted to say a huge thank you for a genuinely life changing talk. I cannot tell you how different my morning was. Kids usually clingy and this morning both asked to be dropped outside, and walked in alone!! Such a difference! So glad I went! I feel calm and happy for the first time in forever, and I actually feel like I can tackle whatever comes my way. So thank you from the bottom of my heart.” ~ Candace B, Teacher (Johannesburg)
Stress Gone! Talks and Workshops
“Thank you for the wonderful sessions with my team. After the first session, in a very short space of time, there has been noticeable improvements in the stress levels of everyone in the office, as well as behavioural changes. Your sessions and techniques taught have been invaluable, and having your book in the office to go back to, has become a precious treasure in the office.” Shelia Afari PR
“I met Bridget Edwards at The Lioness of Africa Networking Breakfast in 2016. I was interested in what Bridget had to say, more especially as I was in my 3rd year of studies in Organisational Psychology. I found her writing and tips on coping with stress very informative and honest. I then invited Bridget to talk to a team of ladies at my place of work and they were most intrigued and found her book and talk very helpful. Interesting read.” Judy Nydoo, MIS and Admin Manager at Standard Bank
“Once again a big thank you for arranging Bridget to come talk to us last week. I received excellent feedback from the Pretoria staff that it was extremely beneficial and they really enjoyed the talk.” ~ Dr Farhana Paruk, Pearson Institute of Higher Education, Pretoria Campus Principal
“Bridget your 3 hour workshop way exceeded our expectations. We learnt so much today. We want more staff to do your workshops” ~ Shell SA, Bryanston (Johannesburg)
Additional speaker testimonials can be found here
And, additional client testimonials on topics such as addictions, anger and stress management,
anxiety, depression, trauma etc can be found here
South African Corporate Clients
NSPCA – Compassion Fatigue
We would like to take this moment to extend our sincere gratitude for all the help you have provided our SPCA inspectors and staff, during the live export catastrophe and the aftermath.
Sadly, in today’s culture, compassion fatigue is not recognised for the serious mental destruction it causes on welfare workers, but your support of our team and of the work we do and the trauma we had to endure has been truly invaluable to us all and we are so very thankful and grateful for your support.
NSPCA Executive Director (November 2019)