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About Me International takes aim at rising employee stress

It costs employers billions of dollars annually.

It’s been called a “global epidemic” by the United Nations’ International Labor Organization.

And it’s a source of miscommunication, employee conflicts, absenteeism, complacency, turnover, low morale, declining productivity and other workplace problems every day at organizations worldwide.

Employee stress is a growing threat to employers, and it’s a threat that is squarely in the sights of About Me International, a provider of workforce evaluation, employee engagement and leadership services.

Joe Kiedinger, president and CEO of About Me International, is leading the Green Bay-based company in its drive to guide organizations in overcoming the negative effects of employee stress.

To assist clients with managing this challenge, About Me International has created the About Me Card. This practical tool is designed to reveal each employee’s inner drive and preferred communication practices—two elements that according to Kiedinger are essential to their fulfillment and effectiveness at work.

Kiedinger says employers can use this tool to minimize if not eliminate misunderstandings and mistreatment, which often are a source of employee stress and can quickly lead to negative emotion and negative energy.

“The danger for employers is that negative energy, if left unchecked and allowed to spread, can have a debilitating impact on an organization’s creativity, innovation and productivity and ultimately impact its bottom line,” Kiedinger says. “Employees can use information from the About Me Card to effectively manage workplace interactions and relationships by literally changing negative emotion to positive energy,”

Kiedinger says that two of the main challenges for employers are to determine whether they wish to invest in solving employee stress and, if they do, how to go about it.

“In recent years, wellness programs have emerged as a way to help employees better manage their health,” Kiedinger says. “However, when it comes to the effectiveness of wellness programs in identifying, managing and overcoming employee stress as well as negative emotion and energy, there is no conclusive data that shows that these programs have a significant, positive and lasting impact on this workplace challenge.”

Richard DuBois, director of business development at About Me International, says the company is experiencing a strong response to the About Me Card.

“We are consistently hearing from employers of all kinds that they have seen enough of the destructiveness of negative emotion and want to address it,” DuBois says. “This tool gives them a practical solution that is generating proven results with organizations including small businesses and mid-size to large corporations, as well as non-profits including schools and health care facilities.”

About Me International has created a white paper, “Wellness and the workforce—are we missing the boat when it comes to managing employee stress?” which provides insights to employers on overcoming negative emotion and energy resulting from unresolved employee stress. The white paper can be downloaded at www.aboutmecard.com/whitepaper

About Me International provides assistance and training to employers with determining their employees’ inner drive and preferred communication practices to support employee engagement and leadership effectiveness. More information is available atwww.aboutmecard.com

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Ascent Adventure Consultants: Building into the Stability and Success of Raleigh NC Businesses

Ascent Adventure Consultants, Apex North Carolina based corporate team building experts and professional rock climbing guides, have created two unique team building programs that are designed to build confidence, stability, loyalty, unity, success, and ultimately profitability into the businesses in the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill area.

The two programs are titled Summit Team Building, and Excursion Team Building. Summit Team Building programs are programs full of interactive, experiential team building initiatives that have been customized to meet the business’ goals and desires for the program. Excursion Team Building programs are held off site as a weekend retreat in which participants travel to the mountains, either staying in a hotel or camping, and participate in rock climbing and other outdoor adventures as a mean of team building.

“Ascent Adventure Consultants has a unique approach to their team building sessions. Their passion for helping people challenge themselves is refreshing and will serve both managers and employees alike. I would highly recommend them if you want your staff to think beyond the obvious and become more creative and critical thinkers,” expresses Mark Davison, an Ascent Adventure Consultants’ course participant.

The Ascent Adventure Consultants website explains these programs in full detail. Please visit http://www.ascentadventure.com.

If you are interested in writing or speaking about these programs, or for more information, please contact Brandon Hensinger, at Ascent Adventure Consultants: bhensinger@ascentadventure.com or 919-345-1087.

Ascent Adventure Consultants, based in Apex North Carolina, provides individuals and businesses with a dynamic way to break free from their normal routine and everyday experiences and accomplish something that seems out of reach, by offering customizable corporate team building programs, as well as professionally guided rock climbing and mountaineering adventures, They are committed to equipping every business with the tools it needs to achieve its goals and to guiding every individual on an incredible adventure.

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