Work Stress

Employee Reactions to High Daily Workloads

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Daily workload can be defined as employees’ perceptions of the work demands placed on them in a given day. Employee perceptions of high daily workloads occur when they feel that they have been given more work in a given day than they can effectively complete. Perceptions of a high daily workload can negatively impact employee well-being in two major ways:  Read more
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Detaching to Stay Engaged

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Should a person’s life revolve around work? High job demands, which are signified by a high level of quantitative job demands reflected in a high workload and time pressure, are very common in present-day jobs, and due to the fact that organizations see positive performance results from very demanding jobs, high job demands are not going anywhere anytime soon. Read more
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Social Stressors: Who Can Cope?

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Workplaces are generally thought to be stress-inducing environments on many levels.  Various studies have examined task-related stressors (e.g., high work load), but it is also important to consider the influence of social stressors – psychological/physical strains that are social in nature (e.g., co-worker conflict, poor group climate, unjust treatment, and verbal aggression from customers). Read more
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Employee Coping During Organizational Change

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Employees are key players in executing organizational change initiatives. However, employees often feel great stress during these changes which may result in withdrawal from the organization through absenteeism and turnover. These actions can hinder change effectiveness and prove to be very costly to an organization, as the knowledge, skills, and abilities of their employees are lost, possibly to a competing organization. Read more
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Identifying and Minimizing Employee Burnout

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Occupational stress is becoming somewhat of an epidemic in today’s organizations. Not only does stress impair employee performance, it is also linked to negative effects on employees’ health and well-being. These negative outcomes result from workers being faced with job demands they perceive as beyond their control. Read more
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The Effects of Stress on Productivity

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It has long been acknowledged that job stress plays a role in employee performance.  This notion has its roots in what is called Attention Theory.  Simply put, Attention Theory asserts that the experience of stress has the effect of reducing an individual’s ability to concentrate on multiple tasks.  Attention is thus focused on a few critical tasks and all of an individual’s energies into completion of those tasks.  Read more
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Work Demand Stressors and Employee Job Performance

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Organizations today are under more pressure than ever to remain efficient and  to  reduce   barriers   to   employee performance. At the same time, employees are faced with an increasing number of work-related stressors. Since these stressors can negatively impact employees’ job performance, it is important for organizations to be aware of the sources as well as how to effectively address stressors. Read more
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