Following research highlighting stress as the second greatest cause of
occupational ill health in Great Britain, the British Health and Safety
Commission asked the Health and Safety Executive ("HSE) to formulate a
pragmatic approach to tackling stress at work. The aim was to bring about a
reduction in the number of employees taking sick leave or underperforming at
work because of stress.
After a year-long pilot and repeated consultation, the HSE launched the
Management Standards for Work-Related Stress in November 2004. In doing so, the
HSE identified six main areas of work that, if not properly managed, are
associated with poor health and wellbeing: demands, control, support,
relationships, role and change. The Standards themselves represent a set of
conditions that reflect high levels of health, wellbeing and organisational
performance in each of these areas. Following the Management Standards process
helps employers to identify the gap between their current performance and these
conditions and to develop their own solutions to close this gap.
A new report "Testing the effectiveness of the streamlined national well being
programme at managing work-related stress in schools" gives detailed
recommendations how to tackle the problem.
AplusA-online.de - Source: Health and Safety Executive