An investigation into the experiences and manifestations of stress in academics at the Portsmouth Business School

Clayton, Clare (2008) An investigation into the experiences and manifestations of stress in academics at the Portsmouth Business School. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The Health and Safety Executive 2001 indicated that stress is likely to become the most dangerous risk to business in the early part of the 21st Century. The identified risks to businesses relate to, among others, loss of work days, lowered productivity and employee dissatisfaction. As a response to the reported increase of stress related absences the HSE (2006) has developed and published clear guidance on stress management standards identifying six areas organisations should assess themselves against. Should employers not respond to the guidance, failing to meet the standards could be used as evidence against employers under the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974). When examining individual professions, teachers are identified as a group who experience high levels of stress. Research has identified a link between stress levels experienced by individual academics and a deterioration of their performance. The concern for the Higher Education organisation must be the impact this has on the learning experience of the student and the affect this might have on the reputation of the University. This study focussed on one faculty at the University of Portsmouth (UoP) and examined individual definitions of stress, whether academics had experience of stress and the manifestations of stress both physically and emotionally. The results of this research found that, as in current literature relating to stress, definitions gathered from the research sample were influenced by individual experiences and individual capacity. When stress was defined as, beyond an individual's ability to cope, the study found that the interviewees had not experienced stress. However, much of the research sample reported that they had experienced extreme pressure producing debilitating affects either physically and/or emotionally. It can be concluded that there is a correlation between stress and impaired performance, which therefore detrimentally impacts the learning experience of students at the UoP.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Portsmouth Business School > Organisational Studies and Human Resources Management
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:14

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