Causes Of Stress Management In Organisational Behaviour

Causes of Stress Management – An important question is as to why an individual comes under stress. The causes resulting in stress are called stressors. They can be divided into the following four categories:

(I) Organisational Stressors

(II) Personal Stressors

(III) Group Stressors

(IV) Environmental Stressors

(V) Job Related Stressors

(l) Organisational Stressors

(1) Organisational Policies: A company takes decision and formulates policies for the guidance of its employees. A particular policy can be against the expectations of a particular employee. If it is so, this policy will create stress for that employee.

(2) Organisational Processes: Many processes are at work in every organisation. They are Communication Process, Decision -making Process, Staffing Process, Controlling Process, etc. If these processes happen to be ambiguous, long and difficult, they create stress for the employees.

(3) Organisational Structure: Organisational structure divides into different levels, e.g., higher level, middle-level, lower-level, etc. Under this the work is distributed. Rules are laid down for the smooth running (functioning) of the organisation. Authorities and responsibilities are determined. If the levels of management happen to be more or less than the actual need, it is a source of anxiety for the employees which causes stress. 

(4) Working Conditions: The conditions under which the employees work can also cause stress per or helpful, e.g., little or insufficient light, great noise, presence of dust, inconvenient rature, etc.

(Il) Personal ( Causes Of Stress Management )

(1) Job: There is no job which is without stress. It is, however, possible that a particular job may have less stress while another job may be more stressful. Often it has been observed that a job that is completely under our control has little stress and vice-versa. For example, the job of a surgeon and a police officer has more stress.

(2) Uncertainty: Since future is uncertain, everybody’s life has more uncertainties. Even then some people who are economically or otherwise strong donot care for the future uncertainties. These people have the capacity to face any adverse situation boldly. As a result, they remain stress free. On the contrary, those people who are afraid of future uncertainties, they start feeling stressed quickly. 

(3) Life Changes: In everybody’s life there are two types of changes. Firstly, those changes which occur slowly, e.g., advancing age, and secondly, those changes which are quick and sudden. Those changes that occur slowly are less stressful. On the contrary, quick and sudden changes are more stressful.

(III) Group Stressors

(1) Lack of Group Membership: No individual can spend his life happily all alone. In other words, every individual should be the member of some group or the other in order to live happily. It is because of the fact that the group helps its members in every possible way and they feel themselves to be independent. If some individual does not have this good fortune, he can come under stress.

(2) Group Conflicts: It is clear that every individual is associated with some group or the other Consequently, many groups are formed and every group has many members. When there are so many people in a group, difference of opinion in such cases is natural. Such a situation creates conflicts within the group. Because of these conflicts the members of the groups are always under stress.

(IV) Environmental Stressors 

(1) Economic Conditions: In an age of quickly rising prices, it is becoming difficult for the fixed income group people to make both ends meet. Such an economic condition pushes people towards stress.

(2) Political Conditions: Political instability in the country can be a cause of stress.

(3) Family Conditions: Every individual has a family. He is deeply attached to his family. Every big or small mishap in the family is a source of stress for him.

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(V) Job Related ( Causes Of Stress Management )

(1) Poorly Defined Role: Generally, all the employees working in a company have their role/job defined. It implies that every employee is made clear about what he is to do and what not. If the role/job of the employees is not clearly defined, they will not be able to understand what they are to do and what not. In such a situation they will begin to feel stress, which will affect their efficiency.

(2) Value Differences: It is possible that there may be a difference between the values of the employee and those of the job. For example, the employee himself wants to work very honestly, but wrong practices are in currency in the job. In such a situation, due to the difference in values, the employee begins to feel stress.

(3) Heavy Workload And Time Deadlines:

(4) Low Quality Of Supervision

(5) Interdependent Nature Of Work

(6) Frustrating Environment

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