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Existing sources of information or data within your organisation

Your organisation may already collect information that you can use to give an initial broad indication of whether work related stress is likely to be a problem. You could use this information to identify 'hot-spots' where work related stress is likely to be a particular problem and suggest what the likely underlying causes may be. Possible sources include:

Sickness absence data

High levels of sickness absence may indicate a potential problem. Investigate the reason for the absences. Remember, stress related sickness absence is sometimes not reported in these terms, because people are often ashamed to admit to it.

Productivity data

Lower than expected performance (when compared with previous years or between different parts of the organisation) may indicate a problem. Working methods or conditions could be causing work related stress and may be affecting performance.

Staff turnover

A higher rate of staff turnover than you would expect in your organisation, or parts of your organisation, may indicate a problem with work related stress. Do your 'exit interviews' suggest common reasons why people have decided to leave, and if work related stress was a factor?

Opportunities for discussion

Updated 2012-12-04