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Positive Psychology and Work Stress: When Stressors Make You Grow

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We are running around saying that we are ‘so busy’ and ‘stressed out’. Workloads are overwhelming and we feel like drowning in a sea of hindering work tasks. But there are times that we feel like we are up to the challenge of the next project.

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We look for ways to make our job more interesting and inspiring and we jump at the opportunity of taking on more responsibility or joining a new team. Those are exciting situations, ‘challenge stressors’, that signal for us that there is an opportunity to learn and grow. This webinar will describe the basics of the stress experience, and explain how can we set up workplaces to promote challenges and minimize hindrances.

Take-home messages:

  • When we perceive stressors as opportunities to grow, we feel more committed to our organizations.
  • Feeling supported and valued by our organizations can help us see job responsibilities as opportunities to learn and grow.
  • Organizational resources are essential to promote a healthy workplace where employees can grow and flourish.
  • Caring for employee’s wellbeing includes providing challenging and inspiring work tasks.

Learning Outcomes

That both demands and resources are important in relation to our perceptions of stress and our stress response
How sources of stress in the workplace can be perceived as irrelevant, positive or stressful stressors
How workplace demands can be challenging stressors that provide us with opportunities to grow, or hindering stressors that threaten our growth, leading to different job attitudes and performance levels


M. Gloria González-Morales
Dr. M. Gloria González-Morales is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Guelph, Canada, and the Research Director of the Occupational Health and Positive Psychology Lab, and co-founder of the Centre for Workers' Health and Well-Being. Her research has been funded with scholarships and grants, including a prestigious Fulbright scholarship and funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation. Her studies involve the disciplines of occupational health psychology and positive organizational psychology and focuses on stress, work-life issues, victimization, incivility and civility, and positive organizational interventions to enhance well-being and performance. She is Associate Editor of Work & Stress Journal, and her research has been published in some of the world's top-ranked Psychology outlets such as Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Work & Stress and Journal of Organizational Behavior. In addition, she serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Stress & Health, Anxiety, Stress & Coping and Occupational Health Science. She has been recently awarded the 2017 best paper award of the European Journal of Work and Organisational Psychology for her research on respite workplace interventions to foster employee well-being. Dr. González-Morales has more than 10 years of experience consulting for organizations from different sectors (i.e., government, healthcare, hospitality, non-for profit, energy, manufacturing). The last 7 years, as executive director of Organization & Management Solutions, she has led more than 20 consulting projects in diverse areas of practice: competency modeling and recruitment & selection systems, organizational development & change, needs analysis, performance management systems, engagement surveys, leadership & team development and training.

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