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Managing Work-Related Stress

Academic journal article Manager

Managing Work-Related Stress

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THE UK's Health and Safety Executive has launched a new approach to help employers work with their employees to manage the risks from work-related stress.

Minister for Work Jane Kennedy said: "This is a practical example of what can be done to demonstrate how easy it can be to reduce the causes of work-related stress.

"The Management Standards for Work-related Stress provide clear advice for employers to follow."

More than 13 million days a year are lost through work-related stress. It is the biggest occupational cause of working days lost through injury or ill-health.

With an average of 29 days lost per case, it costs society about £3.7 billion a year.

In 2001/2, more than half a million individuals in Britain experienced work-related stress at levels that made them ill.

With input from a range of businesses, professional bodies, unions, and other Government agencies such as ACAS, the HSE has developed an approach based on a continuous improvement model featuring a benchmarking tool to help managers gauge stress levels, compare themselves with other organisations, and work with employees to identify solutions. …

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