HSE stress management standards useful for firms

Employers have been advised to use the Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) management standards to help tackle stress in the workplace.

Ann McCracken, chair of the International Stress Management Association, said the tool can help companies identify major risk factors.

It can also help them determine the main causes of stress within their organisation in order to develop better prevention policies, she added.

Ms McCracken explained that companies are required to carry out risk assessments for stress and take action on the results.

She also pointed out that reaction to pressure at work is personal to the individual, so it may not be a wise idea for employers to take a one-size-fits-all approach to stress management.

Her comments come after research by mattress retailer Slumberland showed that almost three-quarters of adults are struggling to get a good night's sleep because of work worries.

One quarter of those questioned said heavy workloads weigh on their minds at night and make it difficult to drift off.

Posted by Gemma Roskell

Published on: October 1, 2010

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