Britain Launches Workplace Stress Web Site

Britain's Health and Safety Executive (HSE) unveiled a new stress Web site that will help businesses prevent work-related stress.

The Web site includes updated advice and guidance, tools to help prevent stress at work, a self-assessment questionnaire for line managers, case studies and good practical examples of things that have worked well for other organizations. The focus of the new site will be the Management Standards for work-related stress which have already been used successfully by many organizations, HSE officials said.

Last year in Great Britain a total of 13.5 million days were lost to work-related stress. HSE officials said stress is a major cause of occupational ill health resulting in sickness absence, high staff turnover and poor performance for organizations.

Peter Brown, head of the HSE Health and Work Division said: “Pressure is part and parcel of all work and helps to keep us motivated, but excessive pressure can lead to stress which undermines performance, is costly to employers and can make people ill. This new Web site will enable employers to easily access all the information they need to help prevent stress in their workplace.

“In the current economic crisis businesses are looking to save where ever possible and managing work-related stress effectively could represent some significant savings,” Brown said.

For more information, visit www.hse.gov.uk/stress.

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