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Flourishing in Life, Work and Careers

Flourishing in Life, Work and Careers

Individual Wellbeing and Career Experiences

New Horizons in Management series

Edited by Ronald J. Burke, Kathryn M. Page and Cary Cooper

Happiness in one aspect of our life can positively impact upon our satisfaction within other domains of our life. The opposite also rings true. Today’s generation of working people have often been called the generation who want it all. But can we really have it all? And at what cost to our and others’ happiness? Flourishing in Life, Work and Careers explores ways in which contemporary working people can thrive in a complex, volatile and uncertain world. Combining both research and practice, the contributors of this book cover all bases from individual wellbeing, family, work and career experiences, to leadership. They conclude by providing the reader with tools to combine what they have learnt and apply it to their own lives.

Chapter 17: The leaders’ guide to work-related stress

Kathryn M. Page, Hayden Fricke, Cary L. Cooper and Anthony D. LaMontagne

Subjects: business and management, gender and management, human resource management, organisational behaviour, social policy and sociology, family and gender policy

Extract

Job stress is one of the most well-researched and established causes of mental health problems amongst working people. Workplaces can prevent job stress, and therefore reduce the prevalence of workplace mental health problems, by improving the quality of the working environment. The systems approach to job stress prevention is an effective and sustainable approach to preventing stress in the workplace. This approach targets both job stressors and employees’ ability to deal with stressors through a combination of work (organizational) and worker/individual-level strategies. Whilst this approach is clear in specifying what workplaces should do to prevent job stress, it is less clear on how workplaces should go about this. In this chapter, we explore the role that leaders can play in the systems approach to preventing stress and to promote employee wellbeing. First, we draw on the scientific evidence that links leadership and employee stress and wellbeing and highlight specific leadership behaviours that are associated with employee mental health. We then describe several practice-based leadership development methods and strategies with a particular focus on leadership coaching to inform workplaces wishing to develop leadership effectiveness in order to influence employee stress and wellbeing outcomes.

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