Preventing Stress, Improving Productivity: European Case Studies in the Workplace

Preventing Stress, Improving Productivity: European Case Studies in the Workplace

by Cary Cooper, Michiel Kompier
     
 

In a representative study made of European workers, twenty-eight per cent of employees reported that stress affects their health and their performance at work. Occupational stress is a serious problem for the performance of individuals, organisations and as a consequence, for national economies. Preventing Stress, Improving Productivity investigates the ways

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In a representative study made of European workers, twenty-eight per cent of employees reported that stress affects their health and their performance at work. Occupational stress is a serious problem for the performance of individuals, organisations and as a consequence, for national economies. Preventing Stress, Improving Productivity investigates the ways in which companies can combat stress by changing the working environment rather than only treating individual employees with stress symptoms.
Costs and benefits of stress prevention are discussed, with an emphasis on appraoches that involve both the work situation and the individual worker. The heart of the book consists of eleven European country chapters, each overviewing the current status with respect to occupational stress and its prevention in that country and then presenting one detailed case study an example of good preventive practice.
Preventing Stress, Improving Productivity identifies five factors that are critical for a stress reduction programme to work, both in terms of employee health and well-being and from a financial point of view. Successful strategies combine participation from workers and support from top management. Useful as a reference for psychologists, human resource managers, occupational physicians, ergonomists and consultants, this book will also be an invaluable aid to managers in the day-to-day running of organisations.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415165570
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
List of contributors
Foreword
1Introduction: Improving work, health and productivity through stress prevention1
2Workplace stress and stress prevention in Europe9
3Costs and benefits of stress prevention in organisations: Review and new methodology33
4Finland: Organisational well-being. Ten years of research and development in a forest industry corporation52
5The Netherlands: A hospital, 'Healthy Working for Health'86
6Belgium: A pharmaceutical company121
7United Kingdom: Evaluation of a stress management programme in the public sector149
8Denmark: Self-rule on route 166. An intervention study among bus drivers175
9Sweden: Mail processing195
10Germany: Reduction of stress by health circles222
11Ireland: Stress prevention in an airport management company242
12Portugal: Preventing occupational stress in a bank organisation264
13Greece: Stress management in the health care sector285
14Italy: A school of nursing297
15Stress prevention: European countries and European cases compared312
Index337

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