Work Related Stress

Are your staff as happy and productive as they could be?

Is work related stress affecting your staff?

What is stress and why do we need to tackle it?

People get confused about the difference between pressure and stress. We all
experience pressure regularly – it can motivate us to perform at our best. It is when
we experience too much pressure and feel unable to cope that stress can result.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) estimates the costs to society of work related
stress to be around £4 billion each year, while 13.5 million working days
were lost to stress in 2007/08.

As an employer, you are also required by law to assess the risk of stress-related ill health arising from work activities and take action to control that risk. By taking action to reduce the problem, you can help create a more productive, healthy workforce and save money. Many organisations have reported improvements in productivity, retention of staff and a reduction in sickness absence after tackling work-related stress.

What are the HSE Management Standards?

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has designed the Management Standards approach to help employers manage the causes of work-related stress. The Management Standards cover six key areas of work design that, if not properly managed, are associated with poor health and well-being, lower productivity and increased sickness absence. They cover the primary sources of stress at work:

• Demands – this includes issues such as workload, work patterns and the work environment.

• Control – how much say the person has in the way they do their work.

• Support – this includes the encouragement, sponsorship and resources provided by the organisation, line management and colleagues.

• Relationships – this includes promoting positive working to avoid conflict and dealing with unacceptable behaviour.

• Role – whether people understand their role within the organisation and whether the organisation ensures that they do not have conflicting roles.

• Change – how organisational change (large or small) is managed and communicated in the organisation.

Does stress affect you, your company / business or the people that you work with?
What do you do to reduce this stress?

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