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A comparison of worksite relaxation methods.
Human aspects in office automation, Elsevier series in office automation, no. 1. Cohen BGF, ed. New York: Elsevier Science Publishers, 1984 May; :257-265
The available data on the potential merits of work based relaxation training programs for managing job stress are reviewed. The stress management techniques discussed included meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, biofeedback, and cognitive behavioral skills training. Employees trained in the meditation based method reported large reductions in symptoms of depression, hostility, and anxiety. Progressive muscle relaxation, the most frequently used strategy in worksite stress management programs, had significant beneficial effects on blood pressure, heart rate, and forehead muscle activity. Biofeedback training was shown to be cost effective by improving productivity and lowering health care costs. Training in cognitive behavorial skills resulted in significant reductions in anxiety and stress symptoms. The author concludes that existing evidence suggests that worksite stress management programs have potential for improving the health and well being of the worker and for offsetting costs of occupational stress in terms of productivity losses and stress related disorders.
Office-workers; Job-stress; Occupational-health-programs; Psychological-disorders; Workplace-studies; Emotional-stress; Employee-health; Clinical-symptoms
Human aspects in office automation, Elsevier series in office automation, no. 1
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