Leadership from the Field - The High Cost of Workplace Stress
Leaders' Newsletter May 2015
Welcome to this month's issue of "Leading from the Field."
Hi Greetings!,

Welcome to the May 2015 issue of "Leading from the Field."  I am pleased to welcome several new subscribers and followers.

Happy Spring!


In this issue:

* Leadership from the Field - The High Cost of Workplace Stress
* Measuring Job Stress in Your Organization - PLUS a Complimentary Workplace Stress Assessment through May 22
* Upcoming Speaking Engagements
* What I am Reading: Managing Stress In The Workplace: How To Get Rid Of Stress At Work And Live A Longer Life by Joe Martin
* Updated Spring Catalog - includes new speaking topics and a curriculum for high potentials
* 2014 SHS/HIMSS Industry Leader Award - Jean Ann Larson - Winner of an Esteemed Industry Award!
* Author Page
* Latest Book Coming in August 2015!


Also, please check out my website and browse through my blog posts, and leave your comments and replies! 


Thank you,

Dr. Jean Ann Larson

Managing Partner

Jean Ann Larson & Associates

800-823-4330 (office)

Leadership from the field 

 The High Cost of Workplace Stress

5 Eye-Opening Stats about Stress in the Workplace


Stress - it's a constant in our lives, creating undo pains and headaches. With the rapid pace of our on-the-go world, it can feel increasingly difficult to keep up and manage our stressors. In the short-term, we may experience pressure to meet a deadline or to fulfill a challenging obligation. That's one thing.

But when workplace stress becomes chronic, it can be overwhelming - and harmful to both physical and emotional health. Unfortunately, such long-term stress is all too common. A 2013 survey by the American Psychological Association's Center for Organizational Excellence found that job-related stress is a serious issue. More than one-third of working Americans reported experiencing chronic work stress and just 36 percent said their organizations provide sufficient resources to help them manage that stress.



  • 3 out of 4 doctor visits are for stress-related ailments
  • Stress is the basic cause of 60 percent of all human illness and disease
  • 40 percent of stressed people overeat or eat unhealthy foods
  • 44 percent lose sleep every night because of stress
  • Stress-related ailments cost the nation $300 billion every year in medical bills and lost productivity

So, what are you going to do about it? (Don't feel stressed - we're gonna help).

Learning ways to identify and manage stress is integral to being successful in the workplace.

  1. Track Your Stressors - Ask yourself daily, "What stressed me most today?"
  2. Develop Healthy Everyday Habits - Take a walk at lunch, laugh out loud, make a friend
  3. Take Time to Recharge As Much As Possible - Work out, take up a hobby
  4. Make Sure to Establish a Healthy Line of Communication - Be honest with your feelings, and share frustrations with loved ones, friends and supervisors

These steps can make the difference in how you manage the stress we all inevitably must deal with.


If you have any questions about this article, contact us today!


Visit my website at www.jeanannlarson.org or send me a note at jeanann@jalarson.net


Jean Ann Larson & Associates

800-823-4330 (office)

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 Measuring Job Stress in Your Organization 

- free workplace stress assessment


But what about the impact of stress in your business? How are you measuring stress?  Up until now, it has been difficult and costly.  Perhaps not as costly, though, as losing key employees or watching vital knowledge and expertise walk out the door.   

Jean Ann Larson & associates in conjunction with TTI Success Insights, is bringing a simple but powerful survey to the market that provides you with a better understanding of the stress levels of your employees and the root causes of that stress.  Given the impact of stress in everyone's life today, it is important to better understand the unique causes of stress in your organization.  It will improve employee retention, improve your organization's productivity and unleash your organization's potential.

For a limited time, I am offering an online workplace stress assessment that you can take in a matter of a few minutes.  The results are confidential and will be sent to you via email.  I can also provide a better understanding of the results in a half-hour consulting phone call - also at no charge.  Find out for yourself how this powerful survey can help you assess the stress levels in your company's employees. Just click here:  This offer expires May 22, 2015 


If you have any questions about this article, contact us today! 


Visit my website at www.jeanannlarson.org or send me a note at jeanann@jalarson.net


Jean Ann Larson & Associates

800-823-4330 (office)

Email ~ Website


"The self-explorer, whether he wants to or not, becomes the explorer of everything else." - Elias Canetti 


Up-coming Speaking Engagements 


June 1st at the Institute for Industrial Engineers National Conference in Nashville, TN - Topic - Managing Your Own Professional Transitions

Click here to register.


June 17th - a FREE virtual leadership briefing sponsored by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society TOPIC: Work Life Balance

Session 3: 11:30 - 12:00 PM CT

Summary Description: Work life balance is a challenge throughout our lives. This event will help you focus on what matters most so you can effectively balance how and where you spend your time.


Contact me for more information and for a link to this complimentary webinar


June 19th - Keynote Speech to the Leadership Essentials Institute at the University of Alabama Birmingham - Envisioning the Path Forward: Implementing Effective Transformational Organizational Change


Creating cultural change is necessary and needed if an organization expects to truly transform care.    While improving care, optimizing processes, and revolutionizing care delivery is difficult work, the rewards are many for the organization that is truly successful.

You will learn to:

1)     Recognize the components of organization change

2)     Identify ways that you can contribute to transforming both people and processes

3)     Review lessons learned from many years of healthcare experience


Event DescriptionThis HIMSS Leadership Institute, focused on aspiring leaders and executives in the health IT setting, will provide attendees with the guidance, concepts, and information needed to ensure understanding of the effective organizational leadership strategies and tactics that are needed to position both the organization and the health IT professional for success with the challenges of today and tomorrow.  Working very closely with University of Alabama - Birmingham, in the School of Health Professions Executive Learning Center as a host-partner, we have developed a customized agenda which identified topics based on the needs of the facility. 

Contact me for more information or click here to register for this session


June 24th for the Executive Healthcare Network - Dallas- 7:00 AM at Bravotech Offices

Topic:  A Panel Discussion: Better Health Care and Lower Costs: Accelerating Improvement through Systems Engineering

In a report titled, Better Health Care and Lower Costs: Accelerating Improvement through Systems Engineering, a recent Presidential Advisory panel of experts note:

  • The health-care system is challenged by rising costs, now one-fifth of the United States' gross domestic product (GDP).
  • A significant portion of those costs do not produce better health or quality of care.
  • The report provided a comprehensive set of recommendations to address these cost and quality challenges, including through an interdisciplinary approach known as systems engineering.
  • Systems engineering and management engineering tools have been widely used in other industries, such as manufacturing and aviation, to improve efficiency, reliability, productivity, quality, and safety of systems. Systems engineering is an interdisciplinary approach to analyze, design, manage, and measure a complex system in order to improve its efficiency, reliability, productivity, quality, and safety.

Panelists will discuss the recommendations and share obstacles and opportunities for systems engineering in their organizations. They will also share examples of how they are implementing the recommendations of the report in their organizations.  Panelists include industry experts from Dallas-area organizations such as Parkland Health and Hospital System, CHRISTUS Health, RTKL, Baylor Scott and White, and Tenet Healthcare Corporation


Contact me for more information and for an invitation to attend as my guest.

Jean Ann Larson & Associates

800-823-4330 (office)

What I Am Reading 

Managing Stress in the Workplace: How to Get Rid Of Stress at Work and Live a Longer Life - by Joe Martin 


Stress can hurt when you deal with it in large amounts.This newsletter talks a lot about the impact of stress and ways to measure it.  In this book, the author, Joe Martin highlights many things that can cause stress and offers solutions to help alleviate it. Remember, that YOU are the solution to solving stress and there are proven ways to deal with it in a productive way. The book is filled with knowledge and solutions that will help readers with varying degrees of stress. I recommend this short and to the point read for anyone who is having trouble dealing with stress.  It is available in both hard copy and on Kindle for 99 cents.

Click here for more information.

Updated Spring Keynote Speeches and Workshop Catalog


If you're interested in a copy of the Spring Catalog, send me a note at info@jalarson.net with CATALOG in the subject line.


"Self-trust is the first secret of success."  Ralph Waldo Emerson
Jean Ann Larson receives 2014 SHS/HIMSS IndustryAward

Honored for her leadership in advancing process improvement and IT initiatives, Jean Ann Larson received the 2014 SHS/HIMSS Excellence in Healthcare Management Engineering/Process Improvement Award.


The joint award honors individuals who have best demonstrated leadership in implementing significant synergies between the process improvement and information technology professions. In addition, the award recognizes individuals who have made contributions of a professional or technical nature, which may include research or development of improved processes (with or without technology), or exemplary contribution to the professional society.


The Boards of Directors of the Society for Health Systems (SHS) and HIMSS jointly select the recipient of this award.


"SHS is proud to honor Jean Ann for her long-term dedication to the field of healthcare performance improvement. Her service to the Society spans all aspects of volunteerism, from Board leadership to personal mentoring," said Ronald McDade, President of the Society for Health Systems Board of Directors. "We especially wanted to recognize the integrative nature of her career - which includes enhancing cooperation between SHS and HIMSS and augmenting our members' technical knowledge with change management and leadership skills, enabling us to better address the people-focused nature of our profession."


Larson is an experienced healthcare executive and has led organizational, professional and business transformations for over 28 years. She has served as an internal process engineer, consultant and chief learning officer, founding an award-winning and respected corporate university. She also served as a senior executive of two large healthcare organizations where she led the functions of organizational effectiveness, process improvement, executive development, talent management, team building, employee engagement, accreditation, quality, and strategic development facilitation as well as several clinical areas.


As a past president of SHS and past vice-chair of HIMSS, Larson has served on the boards of both organizations. She also holds various certifications in process improvement, consulting, executive coaching and several diagnostic assessments.


Her professional experience reflects the synergy between management engineering and process improvement. She has provided local committee leadership by serving on the HIMSS Management Engineering Advisory Board, the ME-PI Special Interest Group, and as the HIMSS Michigan Chapter president in 1996. In her current role on committees of both organizations, she continues her focus on opportunities for the two organizations to collaborate.


"As a former board member and vice chair of the HIMSS Board of Directors, Jean Ann has contributed her expertise to HIMSS at both the national and local levels. She developed course curricula and conducted training sessions across the country for HIMSS' Introduction to Systems and Management Engineering Tools for Success and served as the faculty advisory chair for these programs. In her current role on committees of both organizations, she continues her focus on opportunities for beneficial collaboration between HIMSS and SHS," said Carla Smith, MA, CNM, FHIMSS, executive vice president, HIMSS.

Larson was honored at Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference, Feb. 18-20, in Orlando, Florida, and at the Awards Gala on Tuesday, April 14 during the 2015 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition, April 12-16 in Chicago, Illinois.

Jean Ann Larson & Associates

800-823-4330 (office)

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Coming Soon! New Book


My latest book is coming out in August 2015.
You can preorder it at a 20% discount by following this link:

Here's what people are saying:
"Dr. Jean Ann Larson has developed an invaluable technique that integrates process re-engineering and change management functions derived from her years of experience in the healthcare provider industry. This novel technique will assist healthcare organizations to successfully transcend the implementation of new clinical and financial processes that will be required to address fee for value business models. This book will become an invaluable tool for healthcare executives as they address the pain points of moving from fee for service to fee for value." - Michael W. Davis, Principal, Mountain Summits Advisors LLC, Denver, Colorado

U.S. healthcare is beyond simply picking the "low hanging fruit" of siloed process improvement initiatives. True transformational change is a product of highly effective communication, collaboration, trust and a clear vision of the desired future state. Jean Ann cleverly aligns the best tools and techniques together that drive reliable, sustainable change to our modern healthcare organizations. Rudy Santacroce, PE, Vice President, Operational Excellence, RTKL and Associates, Dallas Texas

If you need to lead your organization through fundamental change and improvement, this book provides a road map along with case studies, templates and lessons learned. 

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