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Minerva Psichiatrica 2003 December;44(4):225-34

language: Italian

The management of human resources

Pellegrino F.


To speak today of burn-out and working stress is like monotonously repeating a litany that is as old as time itself. That work is a source of stress and stress brings negative consequences for the individual we have known for a long time and this is even truer when we speak of health care professionals, social assistants, police officers, priests and all those members of the helping professions in whom the emotional content of the professional activity is prevalent over others. Working stress is present in every professional activity where you care to look for it. For these reasons it is important to invest in programmes aimed at preventing working stress. The present papaer analyses the negative impact of stress on personal and business growth and the further damage that follows the lack of adequate professional development. The leading players - company and individual - in working stress will be analysed with a view to drafting practical strategies for the development of preventive programmes with respect to the onset of distress conditions, but above all of programmes desigend to raise the profile of human resources. Finally, companies are starting to invest resources in personnel training and they are starting to believe in the expressive potential of human resources, but it is still too early to be satisfied with the investments made and results achieved.

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