By Carol A. Metzner
President, The Metzner Group, LLC and
Managing Partner, A/E/P Central, LLC home of CivilEngineeringCentral.com
In this BLOG, engineering stress does not refer to a “measure of the intensity or internal distribution of the total internal forces acting within a deformable body across imaginary surfaces.” Here I am referring to the physiological demand many of us are experiencing in response to the ever changing engineering marketplace.
My colleagues and I were on a conference call about our recruiting assignments and the conversation went off onto a tangent. Those minutes that we talked about something other than our projects had me laughing and I felt stress melting away. I was much more productive for the hours following that call.
This started me thinking, how can the civil engineering community pull together and destress, if only for a while? I ran an Internet search and found over 28,000 results for 2009, ASCE and golf! Seems each ASCE chapter has some sort of annual golf charity. A great stress reliever and way to enjoy networking. Other association dinner meetings, luncheon seminars on topics other than work and corporate sponsored volunteer events provide avenues to spend time with colleagues in a non stress environment.
Social networking sites, like LinkedIn and FACEBOOK have also provided an opportunity for many of us to take a break, decompress and correspond (quickly) with our colleagues in a non-stressful environment.
Do you have other ideas or suggestions? Please tell us!