Managing Stress

3 August 2017

Work-related stress is a major cause of sickness absence in all sectors.  If not properly managed, stress can be lead to with poor physical and mental health and well-being, lower productivity and increased sickness absence.  Work-related stress is a priority topic in HSE’s draft Health and Work Strategy and Public Services Sector Plan.

The HSE have written Stress Management Standards  which could help employers to manage the causes of work-related stress through a risk assessment approach.  They identify six key areas which, if poorly managed, can be sources of stress at work and describe good management practice in each of these areas. HSE’s stress web pages have more tools including: an example stress policy; a checklist for risk assessment; a template action plan; a competency framework for line managers; and, case studies to help manage stress.

If stress is an issue in your organisation, then this needs to be managed.  

If you are an employee who is experiencing problems that may be caused or aggravated by work, speak to someone – your line manager, occupational health provider or GP.

See also:
•    NHS Employers: Guidance on the prevention and management of stress in the workplace
•    Advisory booklet: Stress at work (ACAS)