Some of the greatest costs to organizations are when valued people leave, and take everything they know with them. Replacing them is also costly, and time consuming. Why wait until someone leaves to ask whether something could have been done differently, or if something that led to them leaving could have been recognized, and addressed? 

"True prevention is not waiting for bad things to happen, it's preventing things from happening in the first place." - Don McPherson

"Prevention is a whole lot less costly than treatment, and maybe more effective." - Debbie Adair 

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." - Henry de Bracton

Professional Training/Development

For many organizations, talks/seminars are a high touch point that generates awareness and understanding of root causes of excessive work stress, and how to minimize or prevent it.

For Employees

Learn how you can recognise and address the root causes of excessive work stress, and the positive outcomes of doing so. Ideal for retreats, functions, and team building.


​We all know what work stress feels like, but...

  • What exactly is it?

  • Where does it come from?

  • What are the signs of acute or ongoing stress early on and at more advanced stages?

  • What are its costly implications to you and your organization?

  • What can be done about it to encourage commitment to the organization, better performance, and the desire to stay?

  • What stress might the boss be experiencing, and what can you do to help? 

For HR Leadership, and Management/Executive Roles

Dig deeper into understanding stress in yourself and your employees, and how to deal with it within your team, department, and organization. I will cover:

  • The root causes of excessive, and ongoing stress at work

  • It's bottom line negative effects on individuals, and organizations

  • Three different types of intervention - each with a specific aim

  • Positive gains of consistent interventions


Includes tools and exercises for developing awareness about how to recognize problems, and carry out interventions.

Ideal for executive and management training.

Stress Tests

A natural next step following a professional training/development session, is a benchmark of your organization. Stress tests are backed by research, and designed to align generalizable subjects with your organization. The goal is never to find problems which don't exist, but to report on the true state of play, and to offer solutions.

To what degree is your organization (or part of it) suffering from:

  • High, or unwanted employee turnover?

  • High absenteeism?

  • Burnt out, or detached employees?

  • Counterproductive behavior?

  • Inexplicable poor performance? 

This test will diagnose your employees' opinions of their work conditions, structural and managerial issues, their perception of alternative options, and their desire to leave your organization, versus remain.

Available for all sizes of team, department, or organization; single-timepoint or multiple-time points for analysis of changes.


​Interventions go way beyond band-aids that employees can just search the internet for themselves. They are designed at the intersection of evidence-based practice, and the individual needs of your team members, to keep your employees and your organization thriving in tandem. 

Results of the stress test are likely to reveal positive trends about how your employees view their work, and your organization. However, they may also reveal areas you want to address (for example, how certain working conditions affect engagement, or turnover intentions).


Importantly, preventative interventions  are far more actionable than many other aspects of organizational life, such as culture, and external industry factors; so they are under your control. The principles which underpin them are backed by decades of research.  

I will track and help you understand consistent and changing patterns in your employees' well-being, commitment, motivation, productivity, absenteeism, turnover intentions, and turnover rates over time. Tracking will help ensure ongoing effectiveness of work stress interventions, and offer insight into how and/or when to re-configure, if necessary, as your organization moves forward. 

Contact me to discuss issues that may be hindering your organization, or to learn more about how preventing excessive or ongoing work stress in your management team and/or employees can help your organization thrive.



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"Marcus led a very engaging session, with an incredible opportunity to discuss your individual questions and walk away with great suggestions for enacting positive change." - Senior HR Advisor, Outsourced HR

“I appreciate Marcus’ ability to be able to capture the essence of an idea or concept and provide actionable ways to evaluate and address a given situation.  His perspective has proven to be invaluable to me as I strive to maximize my teams performance during stressful and challenging times.” - Sr. Vice President, Financial Services Industry 

"Brilliant takeaways my end...loved the passion!" - Regional Manager, Multi-Channel Retailer (UK)

“It’s a beautiful (albeit rare) thing when form follows function.  Marcus’ sound academic study brings practical and useful techniques to the workplace.  In the process, we all benefit.  That's a beautiful thing as well.” - Robert T. Pocock, Executive Coach and Communication Consultant

"I have been impressed with the way Marcus has taken something important and elucidated the phenomena with rigorous empirical work. His ability to give voice to the drivers of workplace stress is very helpful for those of us whose work involves high amount of stress on a day-to-day basis. Marcus brings actionable strategies to bear to reduce the burden and not merely treat the symptoms." - Dr. Peter Boumgarden, Koch Family Professor of Practice in Family Enterprise; Director of the Koch Family Center for Family Enterprise; Academic Director of the Center for Experiential Learning. Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis