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Stress management and innovation interventions at work

Bunce, David and West, Michael (1996) Stress management and innovation interventions at work. Human Relations, 49 (2). pp. 209-232. ISSN 0018-7267

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Abstract

A study among health-care workers is reported where a traditional stress management program (n = 66) was compared with an intervention promoting innovation at work as a form of stress management (n = 52), and a control group (n = 84). Measures relating to both the process of participation in the respective interventions, and outcome in terms of psychological well-being were taken. The traditional program, emphasizing cognitive-behavioral and arousal reduction techniques, was associated with improvements in general psychological strain and job satisfaction. The intervention promoting innovative responses to stressors (e.g., changing work methods, modifying working relations with colleagues) was associated with improvements in work-related stress, and innovation. Statistical analysis suggested session process variables, in addition to the theoretical orientations of the respective interventions, were associated with outcome variance. Follow-up data, 1 year post-intervention, suggested short-term gains on outcome variables relating to psychological well-being were not maintained. However, increases in levels of innovation, although not apparent post-intervention (3 months), were significant after 1 year. It is concluded that stress management research should focus more on process variables, and that interventions promoting innovation at work, show some promise in addressing occupational strain.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Human Relations
Uncontrolled Keywords: stress management ; innovation ; interventions
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Lancaster University Management School - Other > Centre for Performance-Led HR
ID Code: 55761
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 13 Jul 2012 09:12
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 20:42
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/55761

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