We have all experienced work conditions that tax our ability to cope. Many of us have experienced these demands for long periods of time and have developed psychological, and even physical, problems. Most employees can also recall times when they have dealt with the stress they were under at work, even coming out stronger. What helps employees to perform well and stay healthy under high levels of stress? What are the factors that distinguish those employees? What are the best ways to recover from a stressful day at work? How can employees proactively address stressors they encounter at work, and how can they move from "coping" to "thriving" in the workplace?
Thriving Under Stress illuminates the ways stressful working conditions can produce positive outcomes when employees approach demands in the right way, focus on the meaning and significance of their work, and recover appropriately from stressful working conditions, both during the day and when at home. Britt and Jex encourage employees to view themselves as active constructors of their work environment-capable of proactively addressing the burdens they encounter, instead of becoming passive recipients of work stressors.
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Thomas W. Britt is a Professor of Psychology at Clemson University. His research concerns the factors that contribute to individual and organizational resilience under stressful conditions and the ways employees may derive benefits from exposure to stressful events. His work has been featured in The Harvard Business Review, USA Today, and CNN.com.
Steve M. Jex is a Professor of Psychology at Bowling Green State University. In addition to his academic work, he has held Guest Researcher positions at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. He is a contributing writer to several esteemed journals.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Understanding the Demands You are Under
Chapter 2. The Psychological, Physical, and Behavioral Costs of Work Demands
Chapter 3. The Importance of Interpreting Work Demands as Challenges Instead of Threats
Chapter 4. What Sets Apart Employees Who Respond Well Under Stress?
Chapter 5. Beyond Coping: Thriving Under Work Demands
Chapter 6. Positive Effects of Stress at Work
Chapter 7. Personal Energy as a Critical Resource for Thriving at Work
Chapter 8. How Detaching from Work Restores Personal Energy
Chapter 9. The Failure to Thrive at Work
Chapter 10. Epilogue: Your Next Steps Forward