Handbook of Research on Stress and Well-Being in the Public Sector
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Handbook of Research on Stress and Well-Being in the Public Sector

Edited by Ronald J. Burke and Silvia Pignata

This timely Handbook addresses the concepts of stress and well-being among workers in various public sector roles and occupations across the globe. Emphasizing the importance of well-being and stress prevention initiatives in ever-changing workplace environments, this Handbook highlights successful organizational initiatives and provides insight into best practice for promoting healthy employees and workplaces. Containing contributions from leading international experts in their respective fields, the contributors hope that this multi-disciplinary Handbook will help to enhance the health and well-being of public sector employees.
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Chapter 14: The benefits of individual proactive and adaptive performance: an organizational learning perspective

Mindy Shoss, Clair Kueny and Dustin K. Jundt


Public sector organizations (e.g., government, hospitals, schools) are tasked with both (1) innovating change and (2) responding to environmental, economic, political, and social change. For employees, this translates to demands for proactive and adaptive performance. This chapter provides an overview of individual proactive and adaptive performance, and leverages macro-level organizational learning theory to examine how and when both types of performance can be beneficial for organizational learning and strategic renewal. The analysis further highlights various strategies that organizations can use to promote and develop proactive and adaptive performance among employees. Finally, the chapter considers the unique demands of public sector organizations and the implications of these demands for proactive and adaptive performance.

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