Employee occupational stress in banking

Maria Michailidis, Yiota Georgiou

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Occupational stress literature emphasizes the importance of assessment and management of work related stress. The recognition of the harmful physical and psychological effects of stress on both individuals and organizations is widely studied in many parts of the world. However, in other regions such research is only at the introductory stages. The present study examines occupational stress of employees in the banking sector. A sample of 60 bank employees at different organizational levels and educational backgrounds was used. Data collection utilized the Occupational Stress Indicator (OSI). Results of data analysis provided evidence that employees' educational levels affect the degree of stress they experience in various ways. Bank employees cannot afford the time to relax and "wind down" when they are faced with work variety, discrimination, favoritism, delegation and conflicting tasks. The study also shows the degree to which some employees tend to bring work-related problems home (and take family problems to work) depends on their educational background, the strength of the employees' family support, and the amount of time available for them to relax. Finally, the drinking habits (alcohol) of the employees were found to play a significant role in determining the levels of occupational stress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-137
Number of pages15
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • Employee stress
  • Occupational stress
  • Organizational health
  • Stress and banking

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    Michailidis, M., & Georgiou, Y. (2005). Employee occupational stress in banking. Work, 24(2), 123-137.