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Do your employees use the right stress coping strategies

Chang, K and Taylor, J 2014, 'Do your employees use the right stress coping strategies' , International Journal of Commerce and Strategy, 5 (2) , pp. 99-116.

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Abstract

This study investigates the efficacy of coping strategies commonly used in the workplace to alleviate stress. The strategies included: seeking assistance, self assistance, group intervention, avoidance and changing beliefs. Data were gathered from a large-scale questionnaire survey of employees within four employment sectors in Taiwan (N =662). Five key findings were revealed: 1. the efficacy of coping strategies was not universal; instead efficacy depended upon employee gender, educational level and interactions between strategies. 2. The nature of the stressor was a useful indicator of efficacy, i.e. whether stress was ameliorated by the strategy employed, was catalyst dependent. 3. Stress reduction was not an inevitable consequence of using more than one form of stress coping strategy. 4. Self assistance was the most common and most effective strategy and avoidance the least. 5. Combining self assistance and group intervention strategies resulted in lower levels of perceived stress. The findings serve to augment the body of literature pertaining to stress related coping mechanisms in the workplace. The implications that these findings have for organisational management and personnel practices are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > Salford Business School
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Commerce and Strategy
Publisher: International Journal of Commerce and Strategy
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 2073-2147
Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Professor Kirk Chang
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2014 13:16
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2016 10:33
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/31164

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