Any job can create stress, but what is being done at your workplace to reduce stress? Multiple studies seek to analyze what works best at reducing work related stress and one research team has investigated which strategies are the most effective!
After analyzing many different stress management methods, researchers found that individual, secondary level stress management strategies are significantly effective at promoting well being. These programs include cognitive-behavioral therapy, relaxation techniques, health promotion, and the overlay of multiple strategies. Most of these methods had medium to large effects with participants regarding enhanced well-being. The researchers also found that organizational stress management programs had mixed reviews. Of the specific studies analyzed in this research, primary and secondary stress level management strategies were found to be most ineffective.Instead, multiple methods together and systematic redesign of the organization did have promising results from some studies. Researchers concluded that cooperation and/or participation of the workers during organizational programs determined how effective the strategy was. Using this information, more research can be done to find out what specific methods work best and how to motivate workers to cooperate during organizational stress management strategies.
Holman, D., Johnson, S., & O’Connor, E. (2018). Stress management interventions: Improving subjective psychological well-being in the workplace. Handbook of well-being. Salt Lake City, UT: DEF Publishers.