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Inhibiting Stress in the Construction Industry

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - INSTINCT (Inhibiting Stress in the Construction Industry)

Reporting period: 2017-01-03 to 2019-01-02

Many people still develop stress due to work. A bit of stress (eustress) is notably good in that it can boost mental and physical capacity, however extreme stress (distress) can be counter-productive as it has negative health and psychological consequences.
This research is concerned with establishing the threshold of when eustress translates into distress. Work-related stress is costing the UK economy about 10 million man-hours and €16 billion.
Thus an intervention to curb the onset of stress is being proposed in the form of a userfriendly IT tool ‘Stress-Blocker’ (Streblo). The INSTINCT (INhibiting STress IN the ConsTruction Industry) project will use coping behaviours to develop Streblo which will focus on the avoidance, early detection and management of stress-related events. Streblo will be a cloud-based IT application (app) designed to operate on computers, mobile phones, tablets and hand-held devices.
This project will provide for the first time an effective instrument for the prevention of stress in different construction job profiles and by means of advanced technologies.
-Compulsory induction period training activities
-Work on plan for publications and dissemination
-Literature review analysis (stress management ans stress)
-Meetings with Human resource office and Project Support Office (PSO)

The project is just started (Jan 3rd, 2017). New publications are expected in the next months
A literature review investigating the state of the art of stress management is going to be finalized.
This work will include a coherent, comprehensive literature review of the last 10 years (2016-2016) on stress management presented in an integrative and critical fashion.

Since the early 1990s, there has been a growing literature on psychological and organizational-level interventions for work-related stress, and associated calls for such interventions to be evaluated.
At the same time, concerns have been expressed about an unique framework for evaluating theoretical and applied research contributions in several organizational contexts (industrial, private, public sector) and with a number of different workers.
The starting point of this review is the reality of organizational life, which is complex and continually changing. Its main perspective is not to offer an alternative to a scientific approach but to argue for a more conceived and eclectic framework for evaluation that combines the psychological and organizational level.

This work will represent a critical, analytical summary and synthesis of the current knowledge “how to manage stress in workplaces” using a psychological and organizational perspective. It will compare and relate different theories, findings, and so on, rather than just summarize them individually. It will be focus on interventions (mainly clinical, environmental/organizational) to manage stress at the workplace. It will not have to be an exhaustive account of everything published on the topic. But it should discuss all the more significant academic literature important for that focus
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