SOC402 – Week 4 Discussion 2 – Emotional Labor
2. Emotional Labor. 1 st Post Due by Day 3. In preparation for this discussion, review the following resources: Emotional Labor Study at the University of Memphis Job Stress (Clark, 1995) You may also want to read, “The Effects of Stress in the Workplace.” There are many stressors in the workplace that affect employees. Emotional stressors are no different. As our economy has moved from a manufacturing to a service-based economy, there are many more workers in a variety of occupational fields that are expected to manage their emotions according to employer demands. Emotional labor refers to a form of emotion regulation that creates a publicly visible facial and bodily display within the workplace. The increasing prevalence of this type of work introduces a new set of stressors in the workplace. Describe examples of emotional labor in the following professions: o Teachers o Nursing o Human Resources Give a suggestion of what employers can do to help employees address the personal impact of emotional labor? Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by Day 7.
Teaching is one of the most exhaustive profession when it comes to emotional labor. A teacher is expected to wear a smile and be good at all times to the students. Take for instance a teacher at a kindergarten who is supposed to teach the young ones on a variety of things. The children do not understand most of the things and thus they will makes noises, run around and make all sorts of funny noises. Other teachers are dealing…