In Work Stress and Coping the authors provid an historical account of workplace stress, taking a broad approach by integrating the macro forces impacting the micro, and highlighting what the research in the field tells us about the changing nature of work so that individuals and organizations can create more livable working environments. With an emphasis on the growing influence of globalization, the book explores the forces of change within contemporary societies and assesses how they have fundamentally changed the nature of work and the direction of research into stress and coping. Capturing the history, context, critique and transformation of theory into practice, the authors offer an insight into how managers and businesses have failed, the effects this has had on how work is experienced, the evolution and relevance of existing theories and suggest alternative methods and future directions. Suitable reading for students of HRM, Organisational Behavior and Occupational Psychology.
Chapter V: The Evolving Nature of Work Stressors: A Prologue to Change
This chapter first explores how these forces of change, while bringing with them at times turmoil and at other times crisis, also helped usher in new ideas that grew into movements, and new opportunities that gave voice to those calling for the need to reflect, refine and reconstruct established ways of thinking. In doing so, they better express not just the work experience but the consequences of that experience in terms of health, well-being and sustainability. Of course, work stress research was not immune to these calls, and the demand for change. This chapter explores the evolving nature of work stressors, offering a prologue to ...