Following research highlighting stress as the second greatest cause of occupational ill health in Great Britain, the 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.
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