Job stress and public sector occupations: Implications For Personnel Managers

Jonathan P. West, Colleen M. West

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Stress in public organizations can affect the health, well-being and productivity of the workforce This article examines three so-called “high stress” government jobs (nurses, police officers and air traffic controllers), identifies the sources, symptoms, and conse quences of stress, and compares stress levels in these occupations with those in other populations Public personnel managers can work with others to prevent, detect, and manage stress in their work settings The authors discuss and illustrate various individ ual and or ganizational strategies relevant to stress management in each of the three occupations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)46-65
Number of pages20
JournalReview of Public Personnel Administration
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Administration
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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