11/17/2008

The meaning of work generates stress or well-being

Meaningful work has vitamin effects on the worker's mental health and
encourages his commitment towards an organization, while work without it
promotes the onset of symptoms of stress, and even distress. This is one of the
findings of a study funded by the Canadian Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé
en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) on the meaning of work, mental
health and organizational commitment, whose results have just been published.

The researchers observed that work that is seen as being useful to society and
allowing learning is a factor that affects people's perception of it. Other
hypotheses relating to the positive or negative impact of the meaning given to
work on psychological well-being or distress also emerged from the study.



The researchers developed a theoretical model that presents work organization
as a determinant of employees' health, their attitudes and their performance.
If a person perceives his work activities, the conditions in which he does it
and the relationships with his coworkers and his supervisor in a positive
light, he will tend to find meaning in his work and, as a result, to feel good
physically and psychologically about it. Conversely, if his perception is
negative, he will tend to consider that his work and the environment in which
he does it do not have meaning. As a result, the person will present symptoms
of stress or distress. The researchers also noted that ethical and moral
problems are a growing preoccupation in workplaces.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST)