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Questions about the causes or sources of work stress have been the subject of considerable research, as well as public fascination, for several decades. Earlier interest in this issue focused on the question of whether some jobs are simply more inherently stressful than others. Other questions that soon emerged asked whether some individuals were more prone to stress than others. The Handbook of Work Stress focuses primarily on identifying the different sources of work stress across different contexts and individuals.   

Poor Leadership
Poor leadership
E.Kevin KellowayNiroSivanathanLoriFrancisJulianBarling

Authors' Note: Preparation of this chapter was supported by funding from the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation to the first and third authors and from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to the first and fourth authors.

An aggressive, bullying boss I used to work for would build himself up into a state of rage at least three times a week. He once became so enraged that he actually threw the office kettle out of the window shouting, “You're not drinking my tea and coffee!” as staff looked on in disbelief.

My boss really drove me up the wall to a point where I started developing stomach problems, which my doctor linked to stress.

My husband worked for the NHS and ...

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