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Strategies for Reducing Stress among Managers: An Integrated Physical and Spiritual Approach

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In the workplace of today is characterized by large amounts of stress on the part of employees. It is argued that much of this is due to rapid changes in the business world that have led to many economic, social, political, and family problems. Stress can result in poor work quality, poor productivity, morale problems, health problems, employee absenteeism and turnover and accidents, each of which can cost organizations a lot of money. This paper presents an integrated approach to dealing with employee stress, namely physical and spiritual therapy that in many respects is an outgrowth of the way Eastern philosophies deal with the problems. Physical therapy is a technique for reducing stress through a programme of controlled activity and exercise. Spiritual therapy is about teaching the ability to deal with stress through meditation and reflection on religious teachings. Implications of this integrated approach for reducing stress among both western and eastern managers are discussed. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]

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									334     International Journal of Management              Vol. 26 No. 2        August 2009


Strategies for Reducing Stress among Managers:
An Integrated Physical and Spiritual Approach
Sukhumpong Channuwong
St. Theresa International College, Thailand

In the workplace of today is characterized by large amounts of stress on the part of
employees. It is argued that much of this is due to rapid changes in the business world
that have led to many economic, social, political, and family problems. Stress can result
in poor work quality, poor productivity, morale problems, health problems, employee
absenteeism and turnover and accidents, each of which can cost organizations a lot of
money. This paper presents an integrated approach to dealing with employee stress,
namely physical and spiritual therapy that in many respects is an outgrowth of the way
Eastern philosophies deal with the problems. Physical therapy is a technique for reducing
stress through a programme of controlled activity and exercise. Spiritual therapy is about
teaching the ability to deal with stress through meditation and re��ection on religious
teachings. Implications of this integrated approach for reducing stress among both
western and eastern managers are discussed.
                                      Introduction
Stress is the body’s nonspecific reaction to any demand made on it. It affects people in
different ways and is therefore a highly individual condition. Certain events may be quite
stressful to one person but not to another. The affect of stress is not always negative.
Some mild stress actually improves productivity and can be helpful in developing
creative ideas. But if every one lives under a certain amount of stress and that stress is
severe and it persists long enough, it can be harmful. Such stress can be as disruptive
to an individual as any accident. Ass reviews of the literature have shown, it can result
in poor attendance, excessive use of alcohol or other drugs, poor job performance,
or even overall poor health (Mondy, Noe & Premeaux, 2002).It is generally agreed
that the nature of work and organizations at the present time tend to create a stressful
environment. We argue in this paper that a good starting point in trying to reduce or
at least reduce stress at work is with the managers or leaders in the organization. In
analyzing what they should do, it is useful initially at least to list the established traits
of en effective leader. In this regards, according to their review of the literature, Nakai
and Schultz (2003) concluded that a good leader is visionary, courageous, leads, or even
follows where necessary, is results oriented, has perspective, is strategic, and respects
his or her
								
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