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Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
What working person wouldn’t be interested in Work and Stress? It’s “an international, multidisciplinary quarterly presenting high-quality papers concerned with the psychological, social and organizational aspects of occupational health and well-being, and stress and safety management.” Although the empirical reports, scholarly reviews, and theoretical papers to be found here are, according to the masthead, “directed at occupational health psychologists, work and organizational psychologists, [and] those involved with organizational development,” there’s plenty for the layperson to find that’s of relevance, too. Especially since the editors note that Work and Stress “has become a natural home for research on the work-family interface, social relations at work (including topics such as bullying and conflict at work, leadership and organizational support), workplace interventions and reorganizations, and dimensions and outcomes of worker stress and well-being. Such dimensions and outcomes, both positive and negative, include stress, burnout, sickness absence, work motivation, work engagement and work performance.”
Recent articles bear that assertion out. They include: “A meta-analytic examination of the potential correlates and consequences of workload,” “Is workplace bullying related to the personality traits of victims? A two-year prospective study,” “Mastery-approach and mastery-avoidance goals and their relation with exhaustion and engagement at work: The roles of emotional and instrumental support,” “Why does organizational identification relate to reduced employee burnout? The mediating influence of social support and collective efficacy,” “Well-being in times of task restructuring: The buffering potential of workplace learning,” and “Illegitimate tasks as a source of work stress,” among others. The research done here is genuinely international, coming from around the globe, yet the studies show many common patterns in worklives and workplaces.
An important, far-reaching journal that it’s to be hoped both employees and administrators read along with the HR professionals, and from which everyone learns. It’s pricey, but the material is choice.