HSE to focus activity on stress in the workplace
The Health and Safety Executive is to boost its activity to help companies tackle stress in the workplace. HSE’s head of work-related stress policy Rob Vondy said half a million workers were effected by work related stress, anxiety, and depression in 2016. This was estimated to cost businesses 11.7m working days and £5.2billion last year.
Work pressures such as tight deadlines, too much pressure, and too much responsibility are the main contributors to stress, anxiety, and depression. Lack of managerial support is also recognised as a contributor, including organisational changes, violence at work, and role uncertainty.
Some 37 percent of all work-related ill health cases comprised stress, anxiety, and depression in 2016. Per case, on average, 24 working days were lost. Of all working days lost, 45 per cent are lost due to ill health.
The HSE has produced materials to help manage stress in the workplace, including advice, guidance and tips for practical application. There is also an online management standards workbook including a guide to risk assessing for work-related stress, anxiety and depression.
Click on : HSE Stres Management Materials for more details.