Arisk assessment should be the cornerstone of any stress-at-work policy Therehas been a huge rise in the number of claims for stress, said chartered healthpsychologist, Dr Claire Welsh, in a paper on stress-at-work policies. Researchsuggests that one fifth of the British population is highly stressed at work,and the HSE estimates that 6.5 million working days are lost each year due tostress-related illness, despite a growing awareness by employers of theimportance of tackling the problem. Inher examination of why current stress policies are not working, Welsh foundthat there is much more to stress management than merely putting stresscounselling in place, as then it is often a case of “picking up thepieces”.Sheadvocated an integrated policy, tailored to the business needs of theorganisation, that wins the key stakeholders in the organisation over to thepolicy. OHshould adopt a partnership approach with other professionals in theimplementation of the stress policy, develop clear objectives and ensure thepolicy complies with latest legislation. Welshsays a stress-at-work policy should be well communicated to integrate itefficiently into the business, and monitored regularly to ensure that anynecessary amendments are made. Itwas vitally important to put risk assessment at the cornerstone of any policy,said Welsh, as it is only when we look at the causes of stress that it can bemanaged. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Claims for stress still risingOn 1 Jul 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.