New guide to managing work-related stress

Pictured at the launch (L-R), Claire Kelly, Mental Wellbeing at Work Advisor, HSENI, and Janet Calvert, Health & Social Wellbeing Improvement Manager, Public Health Agency (PHA).
Pictured at the launch (L-R), Claire Kelly, Mental Wellbeing at Work Advisor, HSENI, and Janet Calvert, Health & Social Wellbeing Improvement Manager, Public Health Agency (PHA).

The innovative step-by-step guide, recently produced by HSENI in the form of a Management Standards wheel, is a simple to follow interactive guide charting the steps all employers should follow to effectively manage work-related stress.

Based on the Health and Safety Executive’s ‘Management Standards’, it provides a framework for employers to effectively manage work-related stress at an organisational level.

The Management Standards identify six key aspects of work, such as work demands, relationships and change, which if not managed properly can lead to excessive pressures in the workplace.

Speaking of the pressures associated with work-related stress and at the launch of the guide, HSENI’s Mental Well-being at Work Advisor, Claire Kelly, said: “There are many good reasons for tackling stress in the workplace. There is convincing evidence that prolonged periods of stress, including work- related stress, have an adverse effect on health.

“I hope this innovative step-by-step guide will serve as a useful aid to employers as they begin to manage this significant workplace health hazard.”

Speaking on behalf of the Public Health Agency, Janet Calvert said: “The Public Health Agency and their partners have worked closely with the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland in the delivery of tailored workshops across all sectors on the subject of managing work-related stress.

“I welcome this innovative guide and would encourage employers to adopt the principles of the Management Standards as they consider and actively manage the risks associated with work-related stress.”

Multiple copies of HSENI’s new interactive guide on the Management Standards are available to employers and organisations by contacting HSENI at stress@hseni.gov.uk.

More information in relation to forthcoming workshops on managing work-related stress is available online at https://www.hseni.gov.uk/articles/health-and-safety-events.