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ERIC Number: EJ923093
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-1366-5626
Can an Opportunity to Learn at Work Reduce Stress?: A Revisitation of the Job Demand-Control Model
Panari, Chiara; Guglielmi, Dina; Simbula, Silvia; Depolo, Marco
Journal of Workplace Learning, v22 n3 p166-179 2010
Purpose: This paper aims to extend the stress-buffering hypothesis of the demand-control model. In addition to the control variable, it seeks to analyse the role of an opportunity for learning and development (L&D) in the workplace as a moderator variable between increased demands and need for recovery. Design/methodology/approach: A questionnaire was administered to 199 employees (middle managers and clerical workers) at the district court of a region in North Italy during a period of training activities on stress management. Findings: The results show that control and personal development perform a moderating role in the relationship between workload and the need for recovery by reducing exhaustion. Research limitations/implications: The first limitation concerns the cross-sectional design of the study, which does not make it possible to establish the direction of the causal relations hypothesised. Moreover, further research will be necessary to identify organisational strategies able to develop the personal competence of workers and manage learning at work. Practical implications: The understanding of the importance of learning at work has practical implications for strategies of human resources management. Organisations that encourage personal learning by workers at the same time modify themselves, so that they become better able to adapt to changes and external demands. Originality/value: The paper shows that the importance attributed to learning opportunities has a role in promoting work satisfaction and, specifically, in enhancing the quality of work life. (Contains 3 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Italy