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Document ID (ISN)78739
CIS number 02-987
ISSN - Serial title 0044-5878 - Accident Prevention
Year 2002
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Burton J.
Title The leadership factor
Bibliographic information Jan.-Feb. 2002, Vol.49, No.1, p.22-26. Illus. 9 ref.
Abstract Workplace stressors can cause numerous health problems including back pain, heart problems, vulnerability to infections, mental health problems and behavioural problems, such as excessive aggressiveness. These problems can also cause higher levels of risk of occupational injuries. Stress has also been linked to certain cancers. Examples of workplace stressors include work overload and time pressure, lack of control over one's work, lack of training to do the job, too little or too much responsibility, ambiguity in job responsibility, lack of status rewards, discrimination or harassment, poor communication, neglect of legal and safety obligations and the lack of understanding for the need to balance professional and personal interests. This article discusses the importance of leadership and management responsibilities with respect to minimizing psychosocial hazards caused by workplace stressors, and mentions some of the changes in organizational culture, practices and style that can reduce the exposure to these hazards.
Descriptors (primary) responsibilities of employers; neuropsychic stress; role of management; occupational psychology; risk factors; occupational diseases
Descriptors (secondary) labour-management relations; depressive neurosis; mental workload; human behaviour; motivation; information of personnel; hours of work; heart diseases; cancer; backache; discriminatory practices; humanization of work
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Psychology and sociology
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Psychological factors
Mental stress and burnout