January 7, 2013
Lisa Qualls, Ph.D.
Organizations are constantly undergoing change through new demands, changing technology, demographic changes and increased competition. Due to the increase in workload, psychological problems related to occupational stress have increased rapidly. There is a growing awareness of how stress adversely affects organizational efficiency. The implementation of stress management programs to counteract this problem has been slow. In this paper I will examine a stress management program in an organization who claimed that they were active and successful in stress management for their employees. The purpose of this research paper is to illustrate the overall importance of stress management in the workplace. The research paper will start by giving a definition of the term stress management. After that, it will illustrate the stress management programs implemented by the organization. Next, it will suggest additional stress management components and ideas beneficial for the company. Finally, the last point will cover the comparison of the organization’s implementation of stress management program to possible other stress models.
Stress Management Paper
The first step in combating stress is identifying its origin. Stress can attack from every aspect of our life. The workplace is one of the most common places. There is the everyday threat of downsizing and losing your job, taking on a change of responsibilities and work overload. Work related stress has been emerging as one of the main causes of adverse symptoms of mental health in today’s industrial societies. The direct result of excessive pressures and/or demands placed on individuals at work, work-related stress has caused some people to develop symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other adverse mental health effects. While it might be possible that other co-factors contribute to the development of anxiety and depression, evidence suggests that pressure from work is more likely to trigger adverse reactions in some people. In fact, positive correlations have been established between symptoms of work stress and mental health problems. According to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (2005), stress management can be defined as follows: “A set of techniques used to help an individual cope more effectively with difficult situations in order to feel better emotionally, improve behavioral skills, and often to enhance feelings of control” (Sandmaier, 2005). To first manage stress in the workplace it is first wise to understand the stressors that are causing the stress for the individual(s). As stated by Thomas & Hersen, “the successful management of stress requires us to state and define clearly what we mean by stress in the work environment” (2002, p.55). To manage stress in the work place some companies have taken on the notion of implementing a stress management program. It is not wise to implement a stress management program without first having an understanding of why the company needs a stress management program. “Have a clear understanding of why you are implementing the program; stress management should not be a flavor-of-the-month activity. The need for clearly defined objectives and goals is paramount in gaining the commitment of the workforce” (Thomas & Hersen, 2002, p.55). Not all work force stress can be treated with the same techniques and programs because the stressors of working for an organization may be entirely different from one organization to the next. So, it is important for an organization to implement a stress management program that will be beneficial to not only the wellbeing of the employees but to the organization as a whole. Corning Incorporated: Stress Management Program
When doing my research for this assignment I came upon the organization of Corning Incorporated. The executives of the organization Corning Inc. implemented a...