A STUDY OF PROFESSIONAL STRESS AMONGST SECURITY PROFESSIONALS
Dr. Medha Mathur*, Dr. Navgeet Mathur, Dr. Smrutiranjan Nayak, Dr. Abhay Mudey
Background: Occupational stress refers to an individual‟s reaction to a disturbing factor in the environment. It is defined as an adaptive response to an external situation that results in physical, psychological, and/or behavioural deviations for organisational participants. This study was designed to assess the professional stress perceived by security professionals. Methodology: Study was conducted for duration of three months at a tertiary care institute of central India including 167 study subjects using pre validated PLSS questionnaire. Results: Study participants consisted of 60% males and 40% females. Nearly half of the study subjects (48.5%) were in age range of 30-40 years with moderate degree of professional stress while newly joined subjects were found to be more stressed (PLSS Score 22.19 ± 3.26). Other stressors were also found during the study like climatic conditions and violence. Conclusion: Professional stress is a part and parcel of job but creating a stress free environment is beneficial as it can improve productivity of employees. Handling security responsibilities is a challenging job and itself is a stressor so measures to de-stress security professionals should be a priority.
Keywords: Stress, PLSS, Security professionals.
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