April is stress awareness month
Six key factors to consider - Employers should assess the risks in the following areas to manage stress in the workplace. If not properly managed, they are associated with poor health, lower productivity and increased accident and sickness absence rates.
demands – workload, work patterns and the work environment
control – how much say the person has in the way they do their work
support – encouragement, sponsorship and resources available to workers
relationships – promoting positive working to avoid conflict and dealing with unacceptable behaviour
role – whether people understand their role within the organisation and whether the organisation ensures that they do not have conflicting roles
change – how change (large or small) is managed and communicated