|For more information on Stress click here for the relevant chapter of the TUC guide to health and safety "Hazards at Work|
400,000 workers were suffers from stress related illnesses in 2011. The Stressed Out survey by the Samaritans, the UK emotional support charity, found: "People's jobs are the single biggest cause of stress... with over a third (36 per cent) of Briton's citing it as one of their biggest stressors."
Our hearts and minds can face intolerable pressures from work. Overwork, bullying, low job control and satisfaction, job insecurity, new ways of working, poor work organisation and pace of work can all cause work stress.
The mental symptoms of stress range from sleeplessness and listlessness through to clinical depression and suicide. The physical effects range from appetite loss and nausea through to heart damage and stroke.
A workplace with a lot of stress may suffer from high absenteeism, higher risk of accidents, industrial relations problems, demotivation and high labour turnover.
The HSE have produced Management Standards on how employers should tackle workplace stress. In the absence of specific legislation, these standards, based on the risk assessment approach, are seen as the most useful method of tackling stress in the workplace. The TUC has produced guidance for safety representatives on these Standards. The guide outlines the standards and explains what safety representatives need to do to ensure that their employer takes effective measures to reduce stress. You can view the guide here
The most recent documents available on this subject are:Almost 9 out of 10 council workers are stressed
A staggering 87 per cent of local government workers are struggling to cope with increased stress and pressure at work, research by UNISON has found.PDF version available for download
A UNISON survey of stress problems experienced by council staff in Glasgow has resulted in the employer agreeing to implement a 'prevention and control' action plan.PDF version available for download
Overworked journalists facing a stress 'timebomb' at work are demanding urgent talks with Johnston Press after the company announced further massive cuts.PDF version available for download
It shouldn't come as any surprise that the economic environment is having a negative impact not just on those that have lost their jobs, of which there are many in the north east, but those in work are also adversely affected by worry about unemploym...
University staff are suffering 'damaging' stres levels arising from intense workloads and a long hours culture, union research has found.PDF version available for download
The government's handling of the health service is leaving staff facing soaring stress levels, the union UNISON has said.PDF version available for download
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