HSE launches new guidelines on managing stress among workers

first_imgTheproblem of workplace stress has reached such proportions that the Health andSafety Executive (HSE) has launched new guidance for employers on how to dealwith it.Thefresh advice has received strong Government backing following the findings ofexclusive research by Personnel Today and the HSE last month, which revealedthe extent of the crisis.Realsolutions, real people – a managers’ guide to tackling work-related stress, hasbeen designed to provide a starting point for the workforce to agree on ways ofintroducing stress risk assessments.Ministerfor Work, Des Browne, said the move would help employers face up to the issue,which he said costs society more than £3.7bn every year.“TheGovernment’s approach is based on encouraging supportive organisationalcultures where employers work with staff to identify and address real employeeconcerns in a positive way,” he said.Theguidance is based on action plans to record and monitor the issues surroundingstress, and is supported by learning points and prompt cards.Thescheme is part of the organisation’s Priority Programme on Stress, whichincludes the responsibility to develop a set of agreed standards on bestpractice for stress management.Thestandards are currently being piloted by 25 organisations and will beofficially released for further consultation next spring.BillCallaghan, chair of the Health and Safety Commission, said the changing natureof society and the economy has led to the need for more innovative solutions toworkplace illness.“Thiswill provide a tool to help managers and staff develop solutions to tacklework-related stress that are specifically relevant to their organisations andthe particular needs identified by risk assessment,” he explained.ByRoss Wighamwww.hse.gov.uk/stressStress:the employers’ view–83 per cent believe stress harms productivity–52 per cent said it is on the increase–11 per cent of absence is caused by stress–60 per cent believe it is damaging retention–1,554,256 working days a year are lost to stress–Absence costs employers £1.24bn a year Source:‘Stress in the UK workplace’, Personnel Today/HSEwww.personneltoday.com/resources Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article HSE launches new guidelines on managing stress among workersOn 4 Nov 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img

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