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.

Interventions and Challenges
Interventions and Challenges

Stress interventions are a central interest to those engaged in researching work stress. Despite its long history, intervention research ‘remains a thorny and complex issue’ (Biron & Karanika-Murray 2014, p. 85). A number of reasons help to explain this complexity. These reasons are partly economic and social, representing the forces we have discussed earlier including the long arm of globalization, and the rapacious speed of technology reshaping work and the type of work, and the way we work. They also reflect the way the economy and society is changing, crafted, described, refined and expressed through the restructuring of organizations, a diverse workforce and the meanings attached to health and well-being.

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