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OB: Managing Stress and the Work-Place Life Balance

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OB: Managing Stress and the Work-Place Life Balance

  1. 1. OB:Managing Stress and the WorkPlace Life Balance Case Study: “Stress Takes its Toll”
  2. 2. Managing Stress and the WorkLife Balance  Stress: Stress is defined in terms of its physical and physiological effects on a person, and can be a mental, physical, or emotional strain.  Causes of Stress: Work stress is caused by demands and pressure from inside and outside the workplace.
  3. 3. Managing Stress…  Consequences Of Stress: Stress can impact an individual mentally and physically, and can then have ramifications at the organizational level.  Reducing Stress: A combination of organizational change and stress management is often the most useful approach for preventing stress at work.  This case study is specially focusing on this chapter under OB.
  4. 4. “Stress Takes Its Toll ”  Larry Field had a lot of fun in high school. He was a fairly good in math , he worked harder than most of his friends, and somehow he ended up going steady with Alice Shiflette, class mate.  He worked summers for a local surveyor, William Loude, and when he graduated Mr. Loude offered him a job as number-three man on one of his survey crews.
  5. 5. “Stress Takes Its Toll ”…  The pay wasn’t very high, but Larry was satisfied with that.  Then he got married with Alice.  Once he did, events unfolded rapidly.  He started work in June, he and Alice were married in October, Alice took a job as a secretary in a local company that made business forms, and a year later they had their first child.
  6. 6. “Stress Takes Its Toll ”…  Larry wasn’t mentally prepared for the baby. He had come to enjoy the independence his own paycheck gave him every week , paying basketball and spending Sundays with friends.  He still wasn’t making much money. He asked Mr. Loude for a raise and got it—his first.
  7. 7. “Stress Takes Its Toll ”…  Two months later, one of the crew chiefs quit , he made Larry a crew chief, giving his crew some of the old instruments not good enough for the precision work of the top crews, and assigned him the easy title surveys in town.  Because it meant a jump in salary, Larry had no choice but to accept the crew chief position. But it scared him. He had never been very ambitious or curious, so he’d paid little attention to the training of his former crew chief.
  8. 8. “Stress Takes Its Toll ”…  During his first few months as a crew chief, Larry began doing things that his wife thought he had outgrown. He began smoking, too, something he had not done since they had started dating.  Larry found it particularly hard to adjust to being "boss,". He felt sure that Alfonso Reyes, the scholar, would take over his position in no time. He kept feeling that Alfonso was looking over his shoulder and began snapping any time they worked close together.
  9. 9. “Stress Takes Its Toll ”…  Things were getting tense at home, too. Alice had to give up her full-time day job to take care of the baby, so she had started working nights.  They hardly ever saw each other, and it seemed as though her only topic of conversation was how they should move to California or Alaska, where she had heard that surveyors were paid five times what Larry made.
  10. 10. “Stress Takes Its Toll ”…  Larry knew his wife was dissatisfied with her work and believed her intelligence was being wasted, but he didn’t know what he could do about it. He was disconcerted when he realized that drinking and worrying about the next day at work while sitting at home with the baby at night had become a pattern.
  11. 11. QUESTION:1  1) What signs of stress was Larry Field exhibiting? Answer : Larry field was first possessed by the fear of responsibility of baby. Then after getting new job as crew member his stress grew seeing his colleagues progressing and he felt like he was going to lose his job soon. After that his relationship with wife was getting ruined due to his stress.
  12. 12. Question:2  2) How was Larry Field trying to cope with his stress? Can you suggest more effective methods? Answer : Larry was negatively handling his stress by smoking and getting bitter and dating others. *Effective methods include stress management techniques then anger management , after that improving his coordination with colleagues and making up and discussing his problems with wife rather than avoiding them.