Workplace stress

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  • Workplace stress
    • Johansson et al.
      • high risk group of 14 'finishers' in a swedish sawmill
        • work was machine paced, isolated, very repetitive yet highly skilled
        • finishers productivity determined wages for entire factory
      • finishers compared with a low-risk group of 10 cleaners
      • finishers secreted more stress hormones on work days than rest days and higher levels than cleaners
      • finishers also showed significantly higher levels of stress-related illness/absenteeism than cleaners
    • Marmot et al.
      • over 7000 civil servants were asked to complete a questionnaire on workload, job control and amount of social support received from others
      • researchers also checked for signs of cardiovascular disorder
      • 5 years later, participants were reassessed to see if their health status had changed
      • found no link between high workload and stress-related illness
        • suggests workload was not a significant factor in the development of stress-related illness
      • civil servants who initially reported low levels of job control were more likely to develop heart disease
        • this association was independent of other risk factors e.g. smoking or level of physical activity
      • Evaluation
        • longitudinal study - more reliable
        • questionnaire used - leading questions?, social desirability bias
        • large study - however sample on civil servants only, can't be generalised
        • individual differences haven't been accounted for - Schaubroeck et al. - some people are lessed stressed by lack of control


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