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Step 2: Who can be harmed and how

Management Standards
  1. Identify the risk factors

    Step 1 - Identify the stress risk factors: understand the Management Standards.
  2. Who can be harmed and how

    Step 2 - Decide who might be harmed and how: gather data.
  3. Evaluate the risks

    Step 3 - Evaluate the risks: explore problems and develop solutions.
  4. Record your findings

    Step 4 - Record your findings: develop and implement action plans.
  5. Monitor and review

    Step 5 - Monitor and review: monitor and review action plans and assess effectiveness.

Several sources of data, information and knowledge can be used to identify the extent to which work related stress is a problem in your organisation.

Most organisations have significant amounts of qualitative and quantitative data that, when properly collated and analysed, can provide useful information to be used in the Management Standards approach

This is the first step in assessing any gap between your organisation’s current performance and that described by the Management Standards as the states to be achieved. The main sources include:

"We have been monitoring sickness absence data and line managers have been evaluating staff reviews to try and identify triggers."
HR Manager, University

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Before you begin the next step you should have:

  • acknowledged that work related stress has the potential to affect any member of staff;
  • considered the data available to you to indicate any potential problem areas;
  • carried out a preliminary analysis comparing your performance against the Management Standards 'States to be achieved';
  • identified areas of current good practice and areas where your organisation appears to be performing less well;
  • recorded what you have done.

You are ready to move on to the next stage: Step 3, Evaluate the risks

Updated 2012-12-04