1st Edition

De-Stress at Work Understanding and Combatting Chronic Stress

By Simon L. Dolan Copyright 2023
    270 Pages 103 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    270 Pages 103 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Burn-out, excessive hours, office politics, handling complaints, isolated remote working, complex and inefficient processes – this book addresses the full complexities of chronic stress at work. It explains the potential for emotional and physical illness resulting from work, and importantly, presents ways in which occupational health and wellbeing can be enhanced through strengthening chronic stress diagnosis and promoting resilience. The latter is a win-win, for the worker, for the organization, and for society in general.

    Drawing on 40 years of research in collaboration with some of the best-known occupational stress gurus (including Cary Cooper, Susan Jackson, the late Ron Burke and Arie Shirom), Simon L. Dolan translates abstract concepts of chronic stress into practical guidance for enhancing resilience in a VUCA world. The ILO and many governments recognize stress as a principal cause of emerging physical and mental disease and one of the strongest determinants of high absenteeism, low morale and low productivity. While important advances have been made in the diagnosis of acute stress, the field of chronic stress in the workplace remains less clear. This book seeks to address this by presenting a wealth of diagnostic tools, including "The Stress Map". The text is brought to life for the reader by short vignettes in the form of anecdotes and stories.

    This book will be of particular interest to HR professionals, consultants, executive coaches, therapists and others who wish to help employees and clients better manage their own and others’ stress and to build resilience that leads to a more productive and healthier workforce.

    1. Work, Stress, and Health: An Overview 2. The Who´s Who in the Field of Stress: Principal Models and Concepts of the Pioneers in the Field 3. Understanding Stress from an Individual Angle: The Key Role of Personality, Self-esteem and Other Personal Characteristics 4. Stress, Coping, and Consequences: Individual and Organizational 5. Understanding Stress from an Organizational Leadership Angle 6. Work and Family Triangle Synchronization as Resilience to Stressful Work–Family Conflict 7. The Stress Map as an Emerging Gamification Tool and Methodology to Combat Chronic Stress 8. A Kaleidoscope of Individual and Corporate Remedies to De-stress and Enhance Resilience and Well-being at Work 9. Workplace Stress and the Future: Looking Beyond


    Simon L. Dolan is a respected international speaker, author and scholar in human resource management, organizational behaviour, work psychology and cross-cultural competences. He has written over 80 books that have been published in various languages on themes connected with values, people management, coaching, leadership, stress-wellbeing, and the future of work. He has more than 40 years of research and teaching experience at leading universities in the United States, Canada, France, China and recently Spain. He is also the honorary president of ZINQUO, an international centre for values-based training and president of the think tank foundation, The Global Future of Work.

    "I have had the incredible privilege of the last few years to partner with the amazing Simon Dolan and he remarkable colleagues. He has a knack of exploring today’s hottest topics in innovative and relevant ways (future of work, values, technology, etc.). This work on how to de-stress is both timeless (he brings in the decades of theory and research on stress) and timely (he offers specific tools for individuals and organizations). I hope you will find this book and his ideas as helpful as I do." 

    Dave Ulrich, Rensis Likert Collegiate Professor of Business Adminstration, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Mochigan, US.