The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) runs biennial ‘healthy workplaces campaigns’ on specific health and safety topics. The previous campaign focused on leadership and worker involvement. The campaign for the next 18 months, launched on the 7th of April, is entitled “Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress”.
Stress has a major impact on the modern workplace, leading to absenteeism, risk exposure and significant cultural and commercial costs. Even though it is a very sensitive issue, stress and other psychosocial risks can be successfully tackled, and reduced; tackling stress in the workplace is worth the effort. It leads to a better engaged workforce, a happy and healthier workforce, significant cost reduction and improved productivity and efficiency.
What are work-related stress and psychosocial risks?
When psychosocial stress impacts employees in the work place, staff feel that demands of the job exceed a workers ability to cope. A recent publication by EU-OSHA emphasises how psychosocial risks relate to the negative psychological, physical and social outcomes that arise from poor organisation and management in the workplace.
Psychosocial work place stress factors can range from:
- Excessively demanding work and/or not enough time to complete tasks.
- Conflicting demands and lack of clarity over the workers role.
- Working alone, especially when dealing with members of the public and clients.
- A lack of support from management and colleagues, creating poor interpersonal relationships.
- An unjust distribution of work, rewards, promotions or career opportunities.
- Difficulties in combining commitments at work and at home.
Effectively tackling psychosocial problems create a healthy working environment, in which workers feel valued and the workplace culture becomes much more constructive and positive, therefore, consequently, business performance improves.
If you would like to implement any of these thoughts and ideas into your workplace then ensure you attend the Workplace Wellbeing and Stress Summit 2014.
The conference will offer HR, occupational health and health and wellbeing professionals the chance to uncover both the strategic and practical elements of implementing wellness programmes. Join us to learn how to build resilience and tackle stress amongst employees.
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