Stress and Coping Strategies of University Employees in Buguias, Benguet

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Elizabeth M. Bay-an Gracita N. Estocapio Melody C. Domalti


Stress affects employees’ productivity if not recognized early and managed properly. The study determined the stress levels of university employees, the effects of stress on them, and their coping mechanisms along physical, emotional, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects. It also explored the correlation of demographic profiles with stress levels and the extent of use of coping strategies. The study used a survey questionnaire and correlation. Results revealed that university employees commonly experienced moderate work-related and individual-related stress levels. The effects of stress across the four dimensions were experienced only at times and slightly affected the employees’ performance. Spiritual coping strategies were the most utilized. Employees with a higher net monthly take-home pay, female employees with a lack of professional respect and involvement in decision making, faculty members faced with life crisis issues, and single employees with poor health issues report higher stress levels. Faculty members tend to lose their appetite when confronted with taxing situations, while female employees are likely to become disoriented in school activities. To cope with stressors, single employees and those who have rendered services for 11 years and above utilized listening to soothing music and doing relaxation techniques. This study concludes that employees’ stress at this university is still manageable and within their control. Wellness policies and revitalized wellness programs may still be formulated and implemented to address workplace stress.

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