Thriving Under Stress: Harnessing Demands in the Workplace

Hardcover | April 29, 2015

byThomas W. Britt, Steve M. Jex

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We have all experienced work conditions that tax our ability to cope. Many of us have experienced these demands for long periods of time and have developed psychological, and even physical, problems. Most employees can also recall times when they have dealt with the stress they were under atwork, even coming out stronger. What helps employees to perform well and stay healthy under high levels of stress? What are the factors that distinguish those employees? What are the best ways to recover from a stressful day at work? How can employees proactively address stressors they encounter atwork, and how can they move from "coping" to "thriving" in the workplace? Thriving Under Stress illuminates the ways stressful working conditions can produce positive outcomes when employees approach demands in the right way, focus on the meaning and significance of their work, and recover appropriately from stressful working conditions, both during the day and when athome. Britt and Jex encourage employees to view themselves as active constructors of their work environment-capable of proactively addressing the burdens they encounter, instead of becoming passive recipients of work stressors.

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We have all experienced work conditions that tax our ability to cope. Many of us have experienced these demands for long periods of time and have developed psychological, and even physical, problems. Most employees can also recall times when they have dealt with the stress they were under atwork, even coming out stronger. What helps em...

Thomas W. Britt is a Professor of Psychology at Clemson University. His research concerns the factors that contribute to individual and organizational resilience under stressful conditions and the ways employees may derive benefits from exposure to stressful events. His work has been featured in The Harvard Business Review, USA Today, ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.21 × 6.42 × 0.91 inPublished:April 29, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199934339

ISBN - 13:9780199934331

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Introduction1. Understanding the Demands You are Under2. The Psychological, Physical, and Behavioral Costs of Work Demands3. The Importance of Interpreting Work Demands as Challenges Instead of Threats4. What Sets Apart Employees Who Respond Well Under Stress?5. Beyond Coping: Thriving Under Work Demands6. Positive Effects of Stress at Work7. Personal Energy as a Critical Resource for Thriving at Work8. How Detaching from Work Restores Personal Energy9. The Failure to Thrive at Work10. Epilogue: Your Next Steps Forward