New Horizons in Management series
In 2014 we have entered another traumatic time, following the worst global recession in nearly 100 years. The stress levels in the global workplace, and particularly in Europe, are at a very high and unsustainable level, as there are now fewer people in the average workplace, having heavier workloads, feeling job insecure and being more micro-managed than ever before. Many of us who are reading this book are familiar with the topic of stress at work and acknowledge that there is a plethora of literature available spanning decades of research and covering various issues of occupational stress. Whilst this abundance of literature has proved to be extremely beneficial in past years, it could be suggested that much of it has become outdated due to the rapid economic changes that are currently prevailing on an international scale. Adding to this overall weakness is the failure of the current literature to combine both economic problems and psychological issues under the same umbrella. Unfortunately this means that up until now the two scientific domains have tended to remain separate, with current economic problems being dealt with on the one hand, and psychological work stressors being dealt with on the other.