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An investigation into levels of Occupational stress amongst employees in the Health and Social Care sector: Is there anything that HR departments can do?

Gallagher, Rachel (2018) An investigation into levels of Occupational stress amongst employees in the Health and Social Care sector: Is there anything that HR departments can do? Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

The purpose of this dissertation is to look at levels of occupational stress in Health and Social Care workers. It will then examine a theoretical literature-based approach around what HR can do about minimising stress in this sector. This will be completed by asking what have identified as key research questions such as: does the length of service impact on workplace stress?, Is there a relationship between sub sector and workplace stress?, Is there a relationship between stress and those who had a positive/negative working environment? and Did a high number of respondent’s report having workplace stress?. It will also look at the nine factors which Taylor and De Bruin (2006) have identified as key factors of occupational stress and see if these are supported by the research conducted.

A quantitative approach to research will be used in the form of an adapted version of the SWSI scale. The survey will also look at demographics such as gender and length of service to examine the impact that these will have on the key research objectives. Descriptive statistics will also be used to give a better insight into the data which has been collected. Limitations to the research will also be discussed.

Results will support some areas of the hypothesis and reject others. All results will be clearly presented and allow the researcher to implement practical recommendations based on findings.

These will include a selection of cost effective trainings, workshops, classes and other workplace wellbeing initiatives which have been identified as suitable in addressing problematic findings in the dissertation. There will also be a reflective learning piece and some suggestions around further research in the area.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: R Medicine > Healthcare Industry
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > Industrial Psychology > Workplace Stress
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Arts in Human Resource Management
Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2018 13:51
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2018 13:51
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/3314

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