What it is and how to manage it, including access to our free, online course and risk assessment tool
While it is good for us to experience some challenges and pressures in life, excessive or long-term pressure can lead to stress. If this continues, it can lead to a number of physical, emotional or psychological issues.
As an employer, you are expected to carry out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment for the risk of stress in your organisation. You are also expected to address any problems identified.
To help you understand more about stress and workplace stress in particular, we have produced a free online learning course called Stress in the Workplace. It also explains more about our Work Positive resource and how to use it to carry out a workplace stress risk assessment. This is aligned closely with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Management Standards.
You can find out more about each of these here.
You can access this course on the NHS elearning site. You will need an account to access the course.
Work Positive includes a free online surveys tool. This can be used to help you fulfil the requirements of stress risk management in your organisation. All results are anonymous and meet the requirements of data protection law.
You are able to
Before you can login to the surveys tool, you will need to
create an account on this website if you haven't done so already.
Once your website account is set up, sign in and then fill in the form on our
Contact us page. Please type in "Surveys tool access" into the Message field, and we will arrange your access.
Once we have created your surveys tool account you can tailor your survey.
Management standards for the workplace have been developed by the HSE. They cover six key areas of work design that, if not properly managed, can lead to stress and/or poor mental health amongst your staff.
The six areas are
You can find out more about the Management Standards on the HSE website.
Visit the HSE site for Management Standards
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