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Changing work environments::Innovative coping responses to occupational stress

Bunce, David and West, Michael (1994) Changing work environments::Innovative coping responses to occupational stress. Work and Stress, 8 (4). pp. 319-331. ISSN 0267-8373

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Abstract

To what degree do individuals adapt their work environments in response to occupational stress? The research reported below addresses this question through a qualitative questionnaire survey that assesses the extent to which innovation is used as a stress coping strategy amongst health care professionals (community and hospital nurses, administration workers and paramedics; N = 333). Overall, 32% of these workers reported a coping response subsequently coded as innovative, and significant between-occupational group differences in the frequency of usage were found. Overwork, procedural difficulties and dealing with others were the stressors eliciting the greatest number of innovative coping responses. The study indicated that such responses were perceived as an effective and important way of dealing with occupational stress. It is concluded that stress management programmes that encourage individuals to change workplace factors through innovation, would be a worthwhile addition to interventions that emphasize individual adaptation to stressful work environments.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Work and Stress
Uncontrolled Keywords: Innovative coping ; Occupational stress ; Work environments ; Health care professionals
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: 55763
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 13 Jul 2012 09:19
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 20:42
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/55763

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