Stress at work, how should it be managed?

Employers have a legal obligation to safeguard employees from work-related stress by conducting a risk assessment and taking appropriate action.

What exactly is stress?

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) defines stress as "people's negative reaction to excessive demands or other sorts of demand placed on them."

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When employees are unable to cope with pressures and other challenges, they experience stress. Employers should match job requirements to employees' abilities and knowledge. Workers, for example, may become worried if they believe they lack the skills or time to meet tight deadlines. Providing preparation, training, and support can help to relieve stress and strain.

Stress has diverse effects on different people; what bothers one person may not stress another. Skills and experience, as well as age and disability, can all affect an employee's ability to work.

Workplace design can have an impact on stress levels in six ways. You should take appropriate care of these. They are as follows:

  • Demands
  • Control
  • Support
  • Relationships
  • Role
  • Change

To manage stress in the workplace, employers should identify the risks in these areas.

Libben has vast experience in supporting organisations that are keen to manage stress. From advice, assisting with risk assessments or employee questionnaires and follow-ups.

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