Happiness and Stress Audit

Happiness and Stress Audit

Along with the happiness audit, a stress audit can be carried out as under:

Phase I

Carrying out an exploration on stress tolerance limit (STL) with the help of psychometric instruments in terms of anxiety proneness, depression proneness , State/Trait Anger, & Type A Orientation, occupational Values, Dominant motive/need profile etc.

Phase II

Identifying the dominant organizational role stress dimensions. The main dimensions are as follows:

  1. Inter-Role Distance (iRD)
  2. Role Stagnation (RS)
  3. Role Expectation Conflict (REC)
  4. Role Erosion (RE)
  5. Role Isolation (RI)
  6. Personal Inadequacy (PI)
  7. Self Role Distance (SRD)
  8. Role Ambiguity (RA)
  9. Resource Inadequacy (RIN)
  10. Role Overload (RO)


Evaluating Human Resource Development

Besides the above ORS factors one can also measure the Role Efficacy Index (REI) for the managers. The role efficacy index is made up of ten components. These are as follows:

  1. Self Role Integration
  2. Proactivity
  3. Creativity
  4. Confrontation
  5. Centrality
  6. Influence
  7. Personal Growth
  8. Inter-Role Linkage
  9. Helping relationship
  10. Superordination

A detailed discussion about ORS &REI are provided by Pareek (1993)

Phase III

Collecting the qualitative data on stress variables & their effects on individual health & performance by structured interview.

Phase IV

On the basis of the results obtained in above three phases, remedial measures are suggested to the organization for implementing suitable modification & changes in activities & practices in the organization.

This might also entail slight restructuring of the organization.

Objectives of Stress Audit:

  1. Ascertaining the dominant stress at various levels in the organization.
  2. Identifying the dominant personality profiles in terms of values, motivation, anxiety & depression etc.
  3. Determining remedial measures like training efforts, counselling & readjustment to enhance the effectiveness of the organization.

The stress-Audit OD intervention has been successfully tried in some Indian Organization.


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