New Horizons in Management series
Edited by Ronald J. Burke, Andrew J. Noblet and Cary L. Cooper
Chapter 4: Psychosocial risk factors for stress and stress claim differences between the public and private sectors
The issue of work stress is a global concern (Leka and Jain, 2010). Within Australia workers’ compensation claims for mental stress are higher in the public sector. Does this mean that the public sector is more stressful to work in? Is it the case that claims are overrepresented in the public sector, or simply underrepresented in the private sector? This chapter sets out to examine these questions, by scrutinizing psychosocial risk factors in the workplace as predictors of workers’ compensation claims, and exploring differences between sectors as possible explanations for the observed claim rates.
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