The purpose of this paper is to examine whether leadership style of managers impacts perceived job stress among IT employees. Cross-sectional research on 44 software companies was conducted through a questionaire. The sample set of the study consists of employees working in the organization for atleast 3 years. Responses were analysed using regression analyses. Transformational leadership was measured through an eight-item scale adopted from the study of Zhenget al. (2016) while transactional leadership was measured by an eight-item scale adopted from the study of Felfe and Schyns (2002). An outcome variable perceived stress scale was measured through a 14- item scale used by Cohen (1983). The result indicates a positive relation between transformational leadership and transactional leadership style with job stress.
Managers should address mental wellness at the workplace through a clearly articulated workplace policy on mental health as well as recommend training managers on mental health which could help them not only recognize a stressed employee, but also reduce chances of job stress.
Keywords: Perceived job stress, transformational leadership, transactional leadership and IT employees.
Innovation and technology advancement have become the impetus for a competitive edge. Rapid advancement in technology has posed challenges and opportunities for an organization. This accelerated change has a huge impact on work-life balance and it eventually leads to stress.
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