Positive Psychology and Work Stress: When Stressors Make you Grow
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. 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.
- 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.
- 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.