ERIC Number: ED232583
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: 0
Coping Strategies for Job Stress among Institutional Researchers. AIR 1983 Annual Forum Paper.
Sanford, Timothy R.
Job stress among institutional researchers and approaches to managing or coping with stress are considered. In considering different types of stressors and stress reactions, it is noted that stress from all sources is cumulative and cannot be ignored during the workday, and that both pleasant and unpleasant happenings can result in stress. One source of stress for the institutional researchers is their tendency to work with and depend upon a number of other persons and offices without having any direct control. In addition, there is little extrinsic recognition for the work of institutional researchers, which often involves sensitive data and issues that must be treated neutrally without publcity. Physically, excess stress causes such symptoms as fatigue, muscle tension, and susceptibility to illness. Prolonged stress can lead to depression, boredom, and negative attitudes about work and others, as well as poor performance (i.e., burnout). Five suggestions for managing stress are offered. The following conclusions are offered: stress is real and can become serious; family stress cannot be ignored during working hours, and job tensions cannot be left at the office; and stress cannot be avoided, but must be managed. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (23rd, Toronto, Ontario, May 23-26, 1983).