Constant and rapid change, which is a characteristic of all
organizations today, demands that, as workers, we develop the
ability to anticipate and adapt to change whilst minimising stress
and disruption. 'Survival of the fittest' is no longer the rule but
rather 'survival of the fitting'. This book is about developing
this ability to adapt, both at an individual and an organizational
level and, in the process, developing more effective organizational
and personal resources and skill.
At an individual level, the negative effects of stress are
various: loss of creativity and effectiveness, loss of work
motivation and pleasure, and various psychological and physical
For organizations, the effects of high levels of stress are just
lower productivity and poorer quality
failing communication and conflict
high turnover of well-qualified employees
high costs of sick leave and work disability
negative public relations.
Stress is a valuable indicator of individual and organizational
health and well being. This book outlines a 7-stage project
management approach to stress which identifies both personal and
organizational sources of stress and examines the different ways in
which individuals characteristically react, whilst an extensive
Addendum offers a range of positive interventions.
This book is intended as a textbook for HR professionals,
consultants and line managers as well as individual employees
interested in tackling stress in the workplace. The highly
structured approach and the frequent use of Self-Assessment
Questionnaires and Points for Reflection make this book a valuable
teaching and self-learning tool.Above all, it is a practical guide
to the problems of workplace stress.
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