Work Organization and Stress

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Protecting Workers’ Health Series No. 3

Authors: Stavroula Leka BA MSc PhD Professor Amanda Griffiths CPsychol AFBPsS FRSH Professor Tom Cox CBE

INSTITUTE OF WORK, HEALTH & ORGANISATIONS University of Nottingham Nottingham Science and Technology Park University Boulevard William Lee Buildings 8 Nottingham NG7 2RQ United Kingdom

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Leka, Stavroula. Work organisation and stress : systematic problem approaches for employers, managers and trade union representatives / Stavroula Leka, Amanda Griffiths, Tom Cox. (Protecting workers’ health series ; no. 3) 1. Stress, Psychological – prevention and control 2. Occupational Health 3.Occupational diseases – prevention and control 4. Risk assessment. 5.Work – psychology I.Griffiths, Amanda II.Cox, Tom III.Title IV.Series ISBN 92 4 159047 5 (NLM classification: WA 440)

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Other booklets from the Protecting Workers’ Health Series: No. 1: Preventing Health Risks from the Use of Pesticides in Agriculture No. 2: Understanding and Performing Economic Assessments at the Company Level N0. 4: Psychological Harassment at Work

his document is the third in a series of occupational health documents entitled: Protecting Workers’ Health. The World Health Organization (WHO) within the Programme of Occupational Health publishes it. It is the result of the implementation effort of the Global Strategy on Occupational Health for All as agreed upon at the Fourth Network Meeting of the WHO Collaborating Centres in Occupational Health which was held in Espoo, Finland from 7-9 June 1999. The text was prepared by the Institute of Work, Health & Organisations, University of Nottingham, a WHO Collaborating Centre in Occupational Health, and the European Agency’s Topic Centre on Stress at Work. The document was sponsored in part by the WHO Regional Office for Europe. Work stress is thought to affect individuals’ psychological and physical health, as well as organisations’ effectiveness, in an adverse manner. This booklet provides practical advice on how to deal with work stress. It is intended that employers, managers and trade union representatives use this booklet as part of an initiative to educate on the management of work stress. Discussed are the nature of stress at work, the causes and...
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