Date of Conferral
Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)
Frederick O. Nwosu
Workplace stress has become a frequent occurrence in the race for competitive business advantage. This stress leads to negative physiological consequences in the workplace, causing productivity and profitability to suffer. The purpose of this single case study was to explore the stress management strategies that some health care business leaders used to reduce the effects of work-related stress on their employees to improve productivity. The interview process included 3 managers employed at a health care institution in Houston, Texas, with records of implementing successful strategies for mitigating the effects of workplace stress. The conceptual framework was job demands-resources model, pertinent to the research question to shape this study. Data collection occurred through: (a) face-to-face semistructured interviews, (b) document reviews including the policy and procedure manual, employee annual evaluations, returned satisfaction surveys; and (c) direct observations, using observational protocol. Using the exploratory standard data analysis process, coded input of interview transcripts produced emergent themes to reduce workplace stress including: (a) adequate work resources, (b) work-life balance, and (c) sound management responsibilities. Findings from this study indicate that business managers using these themes could mitigate some of the negative consequences of organizational stress. The data from this study may contribute to social change through conveying to healthcare functionaries anti-stress strategies, increasing community awareness, and making members of the communities healthier.