Journal of Human Resource and Sustainability Studies

Volume 7, Issue 3 (September 2019)

ISSN Print: 2328-4862   ISSN Online: 2328-4870

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Defining Work Intensification through Profession-Specific Job Demands

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DOI: 10.4236/jhrss.2019.73022    360 Downloads   669 Views  


Work-related stress has escalated progressively over the past few decades that affects both health and wellbeing of the employee and productivity of the organisation. Work-related stress has become one of the most common compensated illness in many countries around the world. Therefore, there is a growing international research interest to identify how employees experience stress and specific job-related triggers of stress, which in turn helps to create employee friendly policies and conducive organizational cultures. In working environments several job characteristics have been suggested to influence workers’ well-being and functioning negatively. Job demands-resource literature suggests that these job demands may lead to job burnout and health impairment process of employees. A significant body of literature is available on work-related stress, job demands and burnout. However, there is limited research on occupation-specific job demands and its effects. This study explores job demands and its effects on judicial officers in Sri Lanka. Qualitative methodology was deployed, and fifty-four semi-structured, in-depth interviews were conducted with judicial officers in Sri Lanka. Key findings included judges in Sri Lanka experienced excessive job stress stemming from profession-specific job demands such as judicial overload, political influence, and interpersonal conflict between lawyers and judges, social isolation and influence of gruesome evidence.

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Gunawardena, W. (2019) Defining Work Intensification through Profession-Specific Job Demands. Journal of Human Resource and Sustainability Studies, 7, 349-359. doi: 10.4236/jhrss.2019.73022.

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