The HSE defines stress as ‘the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them’.
Employees may feel stress or anxiety when they can’t cope with pressures and other issues placed upon them. Employers should ensure that work demands are suitably matched to workers’ skills and knowledge. For example, workers can get stressed if they feel they don’t have the skills or time to meet tight deadlines. Employers should consider the provision of adequate planning, training and support which can reduce pressure and stress.
Stress affects people differently – what stresses one person may not affect another. Factors like skills and experience, age or disability may all affect whether an employee can cope.
There are six main areas of work design which can affect stress levels. As an employer, you should manage these properly.
Employers should assess the risks in these areas to manage stress in the workplace. Please contact Spectra to discuss how e can assist?