In most work situations, some pressure is healthy. Stress occurs when a person experiences too much pressure and the effect of the pressure becomes negative.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) introduced Stress Management Standards a number of years ago and over the years it has developed a number of tools to accompany the Management Standards. The Management Standards cover 6 key areas:
The HSE website [www.hse.gov.uk] has a full description of the Management Standards and typical behaviours that can be a sign of stress.
We view stress management as both a Human Resources and a Health and Safety issue. Our integrated resources for addressing stress management reflect this.