Web-based interventions for the management of stress in the workplace: Focus, form, and efficacy

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Abstract

Objectives: This review sought to determine what is currently known about the focus, form, and efficacy of web-based interventions that aim to support the well-being of workers and enable them to manage their work-related stress. Method: A scoping review of the literature as this relates to web-based interventions for the management of work-related stress and supporting the psychological well-being of workers was conducted. Results: Forty-eight web-based interventions were identified and reviewed, the majority of which (n = 37) were " individual " -focused and utilized cognitive-behavioral techniques, relaxation exercises, mindfulness, or cognitive behavior therapy. Most interventions identified were provided via a website (n = 34) and were atheoretical in nature. Conclusions: There is some low-to-moderate quality evidence that " individual "-focused interventions are effective for supporting employee well-being and managing their work-related stress. There are few webbased interventions that target "organizational" or "individual/ organization" interface factors, and there is limited support for their efficacy. A clear gap appears to exist between work-stress theory and its application in the design and development of web-based interventions for the management of work-related stress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-236
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Occupational Health
Volume59
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • CBT
  • Mindfulness
  • Web-based interventions
  • Work-Stress Theory
  • Workplace Stress

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