Stress Management

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Stress is widely considered to be the number one cause of days lost due to work-related illness, yet a vast number of employers still believe stress to be “just an excuse” and not a valid reason for taking time off work. This is despite the fact that over the years a number of six-figure payouts have been made to stress victims who have taken legal action.

Handout 1: Facts and figures

Thursday, April 15, 2021

According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s (CIPD) survey report on health and wellbeing at work, published in 2020:

Handout 2: What is Stress?

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The first problem encountered in any attempt to deal with stress is defining exactly what it is. The difficulties commonly experienced arise:

Handout 3: Effects of Stress

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Stress itself is not actually an illness but it can lead to an enormous range of mental and physical illnesses and health problems, including:

Handout 4: Legal Considerations

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Although there is at present no legislation dealing specifically with stress, there are various pieces of legislation that may be used to bring a case against an employer.

Handout 5: Who Gets Stressed?

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Discussion regarding the risks of stress-related illnesses tends to centre around the following factors:

Handout 6: Causes of Stress

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There are so many factors which can cause stress that a simple listing would be unmanageably long. It is therefore useful to group causes together under broad classifications.

Handout 8: The Manager’s Role

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Supervisors and line managers have a vital role to play in preventing and dealing with stress. In summary, they should: