Stress Processing Report®

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Appropriate For Existing Employees
Comprehensiveness Intermediate
Administration Time - 1 hr
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Language English
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An assessment for building a healthier, more productive workforce.

Stress has many causes. Job-related stresses include friction with the boss, making an important speech or presentation, or taking on a new job. Life changes can also cause stress, such as divorce, loss of a loved one or a serious illness.

Research shows, however, that people also experience stress as a result of life’s “small hassles,” such as having too many things to do, or getting conflicting orders from superiors.

Reduce Stress Levels While Increasing Effectiveness

The SPR is a unique self assessment that measures how well individuals deal with the stress they face at work, home and in everyday life. SPR identifies the current thinking styles used by individuals to cope with stress and identifies which of those thinking styles may be limiting their personal effectiveness and elevating their stress levels. As individuals work to improve their thinking and behavior, they also enhance their job performance. The Stress Processing Report (SPR) provides personalized, confidential insights into the ways individuals may be contributing to their own stress levels. By pinpointing ineffective thinking patterns, participants can identify the “early warning signs” of performance problems before they cause illness and erode motivation.

Use the SPR to:

• Assist individuals in improving physical health and feelings of well-being, while increasing satisfaction with work and self

• Promote higher levels of productivity as people reduce their stress levels and complete tasks more efficiently

• Enhance the quality of work relationships by teaching people to cooperate and communicate more effectively

• Encourage greater receptivity to change and the ability to recover quickly from minor setbacks

What the SPR Measures:

The SPR measures 19 distinct, interrelated styles of thinking that research has shown are linked to psychological and physiological symptoms of strain. These are organized into 4 categories:

Self: Personal belief systems and self-perception influence how individuals cope with stress (Self Image, Past View, Control, Approval, Growth, Effectiveness)

Others: Stress levels are affected by how individuals perceive their relationships. (Inclusion, Interpersonal, Intimacy, Trust)

Process: How individuals think about and perform tasks adds to or detracts from feelings of stress. (Receptiveness, Synergy, Cooperation, Time Orientation, Time Utilization)

Goals: What individuals choose to do and their attitude toward accomplishments have an impact on their stress levels. (Satisfaction, Directedness, Expectations, Future View)

How The SPR Works:

The SPR solicits responses to 160 phrases or questions that explore individual feelings in areas such as quality of relationships, personal and professional satisfaction, physical health and wellbeing, and reactions to tense situations. The survey takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. An additional 10 to 15 minutes is needed for participants to score their survey and profile their results.

Assess Current Approach to Stressors - By responding to descriptive statements, individuals use the SPR to create a “picture” or profile of their tendencies toward 19 specific ways of thinking or “styles”. These styles determine how people respond to stressful situations and are linked to stress symptoms, including medical problems.

Commit to Behavioral Changes - Using the SPR Self-Development Guide, individuals find out how well they currently deal with stress and discover the consequences of continuing certain behaviors. From there, they can plan ways to modify their approach—to reduce or eliminate stress symptoms and behave more proactively in stressful situations.

Finally, using the SPR Post Test, individuals can complete the SPR again and again to determine progress toward improvement goals.

Online Version:

The SPR is also available online with real-time scoring and feedback. Once the SPR responses have been completed, a personalized report is automatically generated. The report explains thinking styles, identifies areas of strength, and uncovers areas that limit effectiveness and cause stress. The participant can view the “Understanding Stress,” “Purpose and Structure of the SPR,” and “References” screens to gather background information about the SPR that is not contained in the personalized feedback report.






The Stress Processing Report® is a registered trademark of Human Synergistics, Inc., Plymouth, MI, U.S.A.

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