Stress in the workplace is a business-critical issue. If it is not managed properly, stress will cause employee health and absence problems, and reduce individual and organisational productivity. UK and ROI employers have a legal responsibility to conduct health and safety risk assessments, including assessing the risk of stress-related harm to their workforce. In order to help employers fulfil their responsibility to undertake stress risk assessments, Inspire Training and Consultancy use the HSE management standards for stress at work which are based on research carried out to define main sources of stress in the workplace.
What can employers do?
A systematic approach to tackling work related stress includes:
- Carrying out risk assessment for stress at work, acting on the results and reviewing regularly
- Developing policies, procedures and services around stress and mental wellbeing
- Providing stress management training for managers and employees
- Providing independent counselling & support services for employees
The value of our involvement is:
- As an independent organisation, staff may be less likely to be suspicious and more likely to provide honest answers to the questionnaire
- As an independent organisation, staff may be more willing to take part in and be honest in focus groups
- As an independent organisation, we can provide flexibility in the approach, and tailor the process to meet your organisational needs
- As an independent organisation, you can benefit from our experience in carrying out Stress Risk assessments with other organisations
- As an independent organisation, we can provide realistic recommendations for your action planning based on our experiences with other organisations; and can provide further consultancy to help you to write and implement your action plans.