Effect of a Brief Stress Management Education Workshop on the Stress Knowledge of White-collar and Blue-collar Employees: A Pilot Study

Jenna Osseck, Joan Scacciaferro, Deirdra Frausto, Carol Cox*, Truman State University

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Abstract A sample of 70 white-collar and blue-collar employees participated in a one hour stress management training workshops about the definition and causes of stress, work-related stress, strategies for managing stress, and creation of a personal stress management action plan. The stress management workshop knowledge test was administered pre- and post-intervention to analyze the causes and signals of stress, ways to manage stressful situations, and strategies for managing stress.

Results indicated that there was a significant increase in post-test mean knowledge scores as a result of the intervention. It seems that a brief workplace stress management education workshop could improve stress prevention knowledge in both blue- and white-collar employees.

Introduction “There is no definition of stress that everyone agrees on, what is stressful for one person may be pleasurable or have little effect on others, and we all react to stress differently” (American Institute of Stress, n.d.). Stress, the physical, mental, or behavioral reaction to a situation or event, is considered a normal part of life; however, there is a threshold in which too much stress can have negative impact on a person’s health. A person’s productivity is a bell-shaped curve. The normal, good stress that motivates a person to accomplish daily tasks is called eustress, which increases productivity until the apex of the curve. At the apex, eustress becomes distress, and productivity decreases. The apex of the curve is called the comfort zone (Albrecht, 1986).

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