Organizational Stress: Positive or Negative?

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DDBA 8151 – Andrea Manzoni
Discussion 1 Module 3
Organizational Stress: Positive or Negative?
The increased uncertainty about the future, the global competition, lower living standards, the spreading disorganization and absence of leadership are just some of the causes that concur to generate organizational stress. Lazarus (as cited in Selart & Johansen, 2011) defined stress as the physiological and psychological reaction of any individual against external factors called stressors. Several studies were conducted to evaluate how these factors negatively affect the physical and mental health of both workers and managers. For instance research conducted by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions in
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Missing of an effective leadership is the main cause of disruption: the project manager is not the level the project of this magnitude requires. This fact translates into quantity and qualitative overload of work to the project people with clear compromise on quality of work done. This overload generates frustration, anxiety and aggressiveness among the team. People start resigning, with a clear impact on the project performance as it is not easy to find available and suitable personnel in the local market. This issue increases the workload of the present staff, as no replacement is always available immediately.
Besides the tangible effect of the stress, there is another important aspect of stressed employees which deals with ethical conduct. One of the main tasks of a leader is to align the values of the employees with the values of the organization. In fact, as Bass (1999) declared, transformational leadership is required to align the individual 's values and beliefs, and the requirements of the work position. When the alignment between personal and organizational values is missing, “attitudes will be formed which suppress motivation, hinder performance, and result in greater levels of dissatisfaction, turnover, and stress” (Posner, 2010, p. 536). In particular, Selart and Johansen (2011) suggested that the stress influence the capability of people to elaborate ethical
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