The management of the psychological and physiological dimensions of stress can have significant effect on workplace productivity. Yet, stress as a universal human phenomenon is often downplayed or misunderstood by both employees and organizations. This study looked at the effects of stress on the workplace from both an individual and an organizational perspective. An exploratory mixed methods design was used to test the efficacy and potential benefits of providing employees with tools to help them better manage their stress. The three components of Hatha Yoga: breath, movement, and mediation were introduced on site to the employees of a small start-up software company. The treatment was offered to a group of 14 volunteer employees for 15 minutes per day, for 4 weeks during working hours. Three quantitative pre- and post measures, the Perceived Stress Survey (PSS) , the State-Trait Anxiety Index (STAI) , and the Work Engagement Profile (WEP) tested the impact of the treatment as it affected perceived stress, anxiety, and engagement in the workplace. The researcher also gathered qualitative data post treatment from a post treatment questionnaire, her personal observations, and a meeting with the study company's Chief Operating Officer. Only perceived stress, as measured by the PSS, showed a statistically significant decrease among the participants. However, the participants attributed additional benefits to the treatment and stated an intention to continue the treatment activities both individually and as a group. The findings from the quantitative and qualitative data led the researcher to believe that additional research and use of the treatment methods could be beneficial in other workplace settings.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Dissertations (EdD) -- Organizational change; Job stress; Stress (Psychology) -- Prevention; Stress management; Hatha yoga; Organizational effectiveness
Date of Award
Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Gumm, Jenny, "Stress relief in the workplace" (2014). Theses and Dissertations. 495.