This module provides a baisc overview on stress management and covers such topics as: understanding stress; causes of stress; and 3 stress management techniques. It also provides a short quiz to help the participant identify possible job burnout.
Type of Material:
This material would be best as an at-home project to help students identify their own sources of stress. It also provides some suggestions on how they can deal with their stress.
The module provides supplementarty material to course content on occupational stress and self-management. It could be used in undergraduate or graduate Organizational Behavior or Organization Development courses or in executive development workshops.
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Identify Major Learning Goals:
This module is designed to help the participant to identify key sources of stress in his/her life and how to deal with both the stress and the causes of that stress.
Target Student Population:
Anyone could benefit from this module, but it could be used in a graduate or undergraduate management course. It could also be used in Executive Development.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
The module provides an introduction to the concept of stress. The stress diary may be helpful for students who are away from home for the first time or for graduate students who may be balancing work, school and family.
This module has taken a very complex subject and simplified it too much. The author clearly states that stress is now viewed as a bad thing. However, most management literature indicates that some stress is necessary in every situation to achieve optimal performance. Eliminating all stress can in fact be detrimental to performance. The key is to find an individuals (and organizations) optimal stress threshold .that which motivates performance but does not overburden the individual (Eustress).
The site makes clear through repeated disclaimers, stress can have long term consequences, may not be easily dealt with through self-management, and may require professional care.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The module introduces some basic relaxation techniques to help address stress.
The module is not intended as an academic coverage of the topic; little or no research support is provided. While this site is meant to provide a "hands-on" approach, the lack of rigor and oversimplification on the topic presents a superficial view of stress management. Further, the methods to address stress all focus on individual solutions. While there is some role for the individual, organizational stress must be addressed at an organizational level. Job and organization re-design, flex time, organizational culture, and quality of supervision just to name a few, must be addressed. The principle of moderating variables that might impact the stress thresholds of different employees is not addressed.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The burnout quiz is interesting and it provides an immediate score which is effective in such modules. The site is relatively easy to navigate.
Commercial advertising is distracting.
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