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The changing nature of work and stress

Marc J. Schabracq (University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Cary L. Cooper (University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, Manchester, UK)

Journal of Managerial Psychology

ISSN: 0268-3946

Article publication date: 1 May 2000



Considers the architecture and production of everyday life and its positive outcomes, as well as ways of disrupting it, resulting in the loss of these outcomes. Indirectly, such disruption might be brought about by the possible effects of the huge, interacting global changes (in the fields of macro‐economics, technology, culture and politics) on our organisations. These changes force organisations to change themselves too, in order to survive. Some of these forms of adaptation are discussed. Looking at their consequences on the everyday life of their employees, the article roughly distinguishes two kinds of consequences. The article indicates a number of possible sources of stress, and some approaches and interventions that may mitigate their possible harmful effects. Moreover, it concludes that such interventions can have more general positive effects for the organisation, because stress‐related complaints can be indicators of underlying factors that may negatively affect other organisational goals as well.



Schabracq, M.J. and Cooper, C.L. (2000), "The changing nature of work and stress", Journal of Managerial Psychology, Vol. 15 No. 3, pp. 227-241.




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