Strategies Adopted By Kenya Power To Manage Work-Related Stress Among Its Employees
Stress can affect an individual emotionally, physically, socially as well as pose a threat to one’s health if not dealt with or managed well. In most organizations, employees undergo stress, which affects their well-being and in turn affects their productivity and performance at the work place. Thus, each organization should be keen on implementing stress management strategies to solve work-related stress. The objective of the study was to determine the strategies for managing work-related stress among the employees of Kenya Power. The study adopted descriptive research design. The population of the study was all (6,500) the employees of Kenya Power. The study used Krejcie and Morgan (1970) Table to determine the sample size in which 361 employees was determined to be the sample size. The data was collected using self-administered questionnaires. Data was analyzed using statistical package for social sciences and the findings presented in tables, pie charts, percentages, mean and standard deviations. The study found that stress management strategies were primary, secondary and tertiary. Primary stress management strategies used were provision of office space that ensures adequate air circulation and lighting and ensuring that all the employees clearly understand their job description while other employee demands do not interfere with personal activities. Secondary stress management strategies were eating healthy diet and engaging in physical activities which are great protection against stress. Tertiary stress management strategies were found to be development of wellness and assistance programmes, employee involvement in stress management programmes, employees being given supportive feedback and employees having opportunity to discuss issues affecting their performance with the line managers. The study recommends that the company pursue strategies that will ensure that the employees work environment is conducive in order to deliver on their work.