Tackle stress like any other health and safety risk: use risk assessment to identify appropriate precautions. Preventing stress may seem more difficult than preventing the more recognisable risks, such as slips, trips or falls. However we have Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidance to identify six aspects of work that give rise to stress when poorly managed.
They are demands, control, change, role, support and relationships and HSE helpfully gives examples of what good results look like when they are well managed. HSE calls them ‘Management Standards’ because they simply reflect standard good management practice that companies typically apply in day-to-day business. We all have a role to play.
Your company can ensure it:
- Has established a model for health and promotes positive mental health
- Uses HSE’s Management Standards
- Trains everyone to know stress signs and symptoms
- Involves staff in matters that may stress them
You can help by ensuring you:
- Know how to look after yourself
Did you know?
- Pressures can give us a buzz. They turn into stress when they exceed our ability and resources to cope and generate a reaction that harms our physical and mental health.
- Stress is serious: it makes us more prone to mistakes and the reaction can even kill us.
- Stress can hit anyone at any level of a business. If we fail to spot the signs and symptoms, breaking point can be reached by surprise.