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Stress awareness

This page provides information about stress to employees, where it occurs as a result of work activities.

Work related stress, depression or anxiety is the leading cause of working days lost through work related injury or ill health. From 2009 to 2010 an estimated 435,000 of people working in Great Britain suffered from stress caused or made worse by their current or past work.

With help from a range of businesses, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has developed Management Standards for Stress to help employers manage sensibly the risks from work related stress.

How do I assess stress levels in my business?

To begin with, use existing information to see how your organisation shapes up. Sickness absence or staff turnover data is often a good start.

Carry out a survey to get the views of employees. Talk to employees to find out what they feel about stress and how they feel it could be tackled.

What if I discover problems?

If you find you have working conditions that are causing concern to your employees, work with them to find practical solutions. Examples of what other businesses have done are in a booklet called Real Solutions, Real People available from HSE Books.

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