Stress Management

Stress in the workplace is not new.  It’s also important to understand the difference between stress and pressure.  

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:

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

The HSE website [] 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.