The relationship between occupational stress, job satisfaction and family-work conflict among employees of different professions

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Canu, Simona
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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The present study (N=65) sought to evaluate whether individuals from different professions experience stress and job satisfaction as a result of inadequate leadership, poor communication with colleagues and family-work conflict. Previous studies that measured occupational stress have reported that there is a positive relationship between leadership and communication on work-related stress but they are not a determinant of stress as other factors may contribute to determine stress. The sample consisted of 65 friends and acquaintances. Participants were asked to complete a packet of questionnaires based on occupational stress, job satisfaction, work-family conflict and demographic data. Results indicated that inadequate leadership and communication are not related to stress but they are positively related to job satisfaction, while family-work conflict is positively related to job satisfaction. Moreover, length of service was one of the major causes of stress among employees in the research. This study restricted to self-report questionnaires and it never looked into considering other potential research methods. In addition to this, other variables should have been taken into consideration, such as leadership style, personality, financial status and mental or physical status of employees. Limitations of this research are discussed and suggestions for future research are proposed in the discussion paper. Author keywords: Leadership, communication, stress, job satisfaction