work-related stress

The business impact of employee stress is now an acknowledged factor.

Unmanaged stress has a debilitating impact on an organisation, the consequences vary from loss of individual productivity to increased absenteeism, to a rise in employee attrition, team morale and productivity is also adversely affected.
Stressful working conditions have a direct negative impact on the mental and physical well-being of the workforce and evidence shows that a disgruntled workforce under-performs and under-delivers, leading to an impact on the bottom line. Un-managed stress can also be very infectious.

Employers have duties under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999:

  • To assess the risk of stress-related ill health arising from work activities.

Under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974:
  • To take measures to control that risk.

Employers have a responsibility to support staff who may be experiencing stress, either work-related, or otherwise. They also have a duty to ensure that risks arising from work activity are properly controlled. The Health and Safety Executive's Management Standards for Tackling Work-Related Stress, highlight the following aspects of work which may affect staff stress levels:

  • demands
  • control
  • support
  • relationships
  • roles
  • change.

HSE expects organisations to carry out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment for stress, and to take action to tackle any problems identified by that risk assessment. The Standards are intended to help and encourage employers to do this and to show it has been done.

Should you need support in undertaking a stress audit or survey, training your managers in risk assessment, or running focus groups, contact LifeCraft

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