What is stress? Stress is a reaction to changes and challenges. Everyone experiences stress and our bodies were made to handle it to a certain extent. However, long-term exposure to stress can have negative impacts and perhaps even lasting effects on our lives.

Stress is Costly

In the US, it is reported that over 75 percent of people experience physical symptoms due to stress. Just over 70 percent experience psychological symptoms, and 33 percent feel they are under extreme pressure. The annual cost to employers is around 300 billion due to stress-related health care and missed work.

Stress isn’t just a working adult problem; students also feel a lot of pressure. In a survey, students report feeling stress over things such as tasks, grades, and social situations. The effects of long-term stress exposure include:

  • Low motivation
  • A drop in academic achievements
  • Risk of school dropout

Understanding and learning how to cope with stress is a lifelong journey. The more tools we have to combat stress early on, the better we can secure ourselves for a more prosperous future.

Stress Orientation

At work, we may feel stress from our higher-ups, like management or leadership. Others may feel pressure from their peers and working together to perform tasks. For some, the tasks themselves may be a stress factor. Your Stress Orientation highlights the aspects of your workplace that bring you the most stress. Our PIC (Performance, Interpersonal, and Challenges) Report takes an in-depth look into which workplace areas cause employee stress and to what degree.

Student Stress Orientation differs somewhat from the workplace. These sources of stress include learning, daily tasks, relationships, autonomy, and uncertainty. Our SELC (Social-Emotional Learning Competence) Report analyzes each area. It provides insight into how impactful these factors are on an individual student.

Stress Susceptibility

Not only can the SELC Report show a student’s Stress Orientation, but it can gauge how susceptible each student is to the stressors they experience. Stress Susceptibility can range from very resilient to burning out under pressure, and includes each student’s awareness of the stressors around them. Knowing these levels can pinpoint how when pressure is a challenge for a student – and when it becomes too much.

Understanding Stress Leads to Solutions

Understanding the sources of a person’s stress can support opening a dialogue to deal with these issues. It also helps a person learn when to avoid them to be more productive. Our unique reports have personalized information, allowing for individualized and proactive planning. It creates real-world solutions to build confidence in the classroom and the boardroom.

Learning how to cope with stress early in life, clears a path for a successful future. Our SELC Report gives parents and educators the power to create productive learning environments. These insights also positively impact a student’s social and emotional development.

Our PIC Report helps employers and employees understand their causes of stress. These insights help:

  • Reduce the costly effects of stress in the workplace.
  • Allows space for open conversations and strategic solutions.
  • Offers effective stress management that meets the needs of the individual.

For more information about how our SELC and PIC Reports can put the power back in your hands, please visit our solutions page.


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