FINANCIAL TIMES: How better management can tackle causes of stress

Press/Media: Expert comment

Period28 Nov 2022

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  • TitleHow better management can tackle causes of stress
    Media name/outletFinancial Times
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionCary Cooper, a professor of organisational psychology at Manchester university, says rigorous studies are rare and difficult to conduct. “Organisational researchers feel they can’t get work on them published and employers don’t want to waste time doing them,” he says. His own research, backed by discussions with the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing at Work, a network of senior UK executives that he oversees, points to the need to tackle the underlying structural reasons for employee stress, frequently rooted in poor management practices.

    Cooper argues that reduced workplace stress and improved productivity is linked to factors including autonomy, a sense of purpose among staff and empathetic management. “It’s all about the line manager — from the shop floor to the top floor,” he says. “They need to have interpersonal, social and empathetic skills. But we promote them today based on technical expertise.”
    PersonsCary Cooper


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