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Evaluation of worksite stress management.
Corp Comment 1985 Mar; 1(3):24-32
A review of 21 studies on worksite stress programs was presented. Feasibility of stress management training (SMT) programs was discussed. Work groups enrolled in the SMT programs were described. White collar workers were more frequently enrolled than blue collar workers. Program format was described and included one to 15 sessions ranging in length from 40 minutes to 2 hours. SMT methods, including meditation, muscle relaxation, and biofeedback, were reviewed. Potential benefits of SMT were discussed including improvement in anxiety and depression, somatic complaints, blood pressure, and job satisfaction and absenteeism. Studies indicated that outcomes immediately after training and after a follow up period were improved. The following future research issues were discussed: identifying effective program components, successful and unsuccessful participants, skill maintenance, blue collar versus white collar occupations, generalizing to other situations, cost/benefit, additional psychological benefits, and future applications. A SMT program for highway workers, involving a 10 day program consisting of daily 1 hour sessions during normal working hours, was described. Preliminary analysis indicated that workers who underwent the program had better performance.
Work-performance; Job-stress; Occupational-health-programs; Physiological-stress; Mental-stress; Worker-health; Lost-work-days; Work-capability
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