HSE publishes its blueprint for tackling workplace stress

first_img Previous Article Next Article HSE publishes its blueprint for tackling workplace stressOn 1 Jul 2003 in Personnel Today Organisations encouraged to take part and offer feedbackThe Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has outlined in greater detail how itsmanagement standards for dealing with stress in the workplace will work. A blueprint for the Management Standards for Stress was posted on the HSE’swebsite at the start of June, a few weeks later than planned, setting out themethodology and thinking behind the standards. Organisations are being encouraged to have a look, with details of how totake part on the website and any feedback set to be incorporated when thestandards are formally launched next year. Some 20 public and private sector employers have agreed to pilot thestandards (see box below), which are based on seven causes of stress, asoutlined in the HSE’s Tackling Work-Related Stress. As a benchmark, the standards estimate that about 20 per cent of employeeswithin an organisation are likely to be very or extremely stressed at any onetime. To meet the standards, at least 85 per cent of an organisation’s employeeswill need to be satisfied with the demands put on them, the level of controlthey have and the sort of support on offer. When it comes to managing relationships, roles and change, the standard willbe achieved if at least 65 per cent of employees indicate they are satisfied. Within each standard, the HSE has outlined a range of measures thatorganisations need to achieve, for instance, ensuring there is adequatecommunication and consultation. Firms are also expected to carry out an auditto identify problems, consult with unions and managers and provide confidentialcounselling, where appropriate. Bill Callaghan, chairman of the Health and Safety Commission, said:”There is a difference between the buzz people get from doing achallenging job, and an unreasonable pressure that can harm health, lead toabsence and put additional strain on colleagues, who are trying to cope in aneven more pressured environment. “So, in developing a new approach, it is important to get activeparticipation, agreement and feedback. That is why we have decided thatinnovative firms seeking an answer can have a go with this scheme.” www.hse.gov.uk/stress/stresspilot/index.htmKey standardsThat at least 85 per cent ofemployees: – indicate they are able to cope with the demands of their jobs– have a say about the way they do their work– receive adequate information and support from theircolleagues and superiorsThat at least 65 per cent of employees:– indicate they are not subjected to unacceptable behaviours(for example, bullying) at work – indicate they understand their role and responsibilities– indicate the organisation engages them frequently whenundergoing an organisational changeIn all of these, firms must also demonstrate that there aresystems in place locally to respond to any individual concerns. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img

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