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Getting to grips with stress in the workplace: Strategies for promoting a healthier, more productive environment

Jolynn Carr (Huntsman School of Business, Utah State University, Logan, UT, USA)
Becky Kelley (Huntsman School of Business, Utah State University, Logan, UT, USA)
Rhett Keaton (Huntsman School of Business, Utah State University, Logan, UT, USA)
Chad Albrecht (Huntsman School of Business, Utah State University, Logan, UT, USA)

Human Resource Management International Digest

ISSN: 0967-0734

Article publication date: 7 June 2011

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to describes the causes of stress, how it is manifested in the workplace and strategies for reducing it.

Design/methodology/approach

Explains what stress is, how to recognize it and how to incorporate programs in order to reduce its negative impact.

Findings

Reveals that the main areas that influence the level of chronic stress felt in the workplace are perception of job demands, individual differences and social demands. Although stress management is often considered important by businesses, action is rarely taken until the damage has been done.

Practical implications

Advances the view that management needs to carefully and regularly monitor stress levels in the workplace, identify what is causing unnecessary stress and implement policies and procedures that will help to both manage and reduce stress.

Social implications

Claims that, while social demands can be psychologically distressing, social support from friends, colleagues and family tends to benefit psychological well‐being.

Originality/value

Reveals how reducing stress in the workplace will contribute to the quality of work life and help to move the company forward.

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Citation

Carr, J., Kelley, B., Keaton, R. and Albrecht, C. (2011), "Getting to grips with stress in the workplace: Strategies for promoting a healthier, more productive environment", Human Resource Management International Digest, Vol. 19 No. 4, pp. 32-38. https://doi.org/10.1108/09670731111140748

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2011, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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