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Employees: Coping with Workplace Stress

1. I need some notes about methods for coping with stress can that an industrial/organizational psychologist would suggest for all levels of employees? (about 300 or so). I'm just looking for a general direction here.

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1. I need some notes about methods for coping with stress can that an industrial/organizational psychologist would suggest for all levels of employees? (about 300 or so). I'm just looking for a general direction here.

"Workplace stress" then is the harmful physical and emotional responses that can happen when there is a conflict between job demands on the employee and the amount of control an employee has over meeting these demands. In general, the combination of high demands in a job and a low amount of control over the situation can lead to stress (http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/psychosocial/stress.html).

Stress in the workplace can have many origins or come from one single event. It can impact on both employees and employers alike. As stated by the Canadian Mental Health Association:

Fear of job redundancy, layoffs due to an uncertain economy, increased demands for overtime due to staff cutbacks act as negative stressors. Employees who start to feel the "pressure to perform" can get caught in a downward spiral of increasing effort to meet rising expectations with no increase in job satisfaction. The relentless requirement to work at optimum performance takes its toll in job dissatisfaction, employee turnover, reduced efficiency, illness and even death. Absenteeism, illness, alcoholism, "petty internal politics", bad or snap decisions, indifference and apathy, lack of motivation or creativity are all by-products of an over stressed ...

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Stress and workplace stress is defined in terms of causal factors. Then, through discussion and examples, different methods for coping with stress are explained - methods that an industrial/organizational psychologist would suggest for all levels of employees. Supplemented with an interesting article on ways to improve overall mental health.

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