Stress

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) defines work-related stress as “the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them at work”. Employers have a legal duty to manage the risks to employees’ health and safety, including the risks arising from stress.

Stress is frequently identified as one of the biggest causes of long-term sickness absence in employee absence studies and surveys. Following a good practice approach to managing stress is likely to have organisational benefits for employers, including reducing sickness absence.


mental health in the workplace

The law and mental health in the workplace

Employers must get to grips with mental health in the workplace with politicians focusing on the issue and recent case...

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How coaching staff can help them deal with change and stress

2 Jun 2017

Coaching employees experiencing mental health problems at work can not only prevent and manage stress, but help people flourish, says...

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How would scrapping the 12-month mental health requirement affect employers?

15 May 2017

Proposed changes by the Conservatives could see people with shorter-term mental health issues protected by disability discrimination laws. Yvonne Gallagher...

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occupational health evidence base

The case for a stronger occupational health evidence base

2 May 2017

The Health and Safety Executive’s new strategy for the workplace promises to give health the same priority as safety, but...

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Remote access means staff cannot switch off

27 Apr 2017

One-third of UK workers (32%) say that remote access to work means they cannot switch off in their personal time,...

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Leaders must change the culture on mental health at work

13 Apr 2017

Momentum is growing to make employers’ take responsibility to tackle the problem of mental health at work, not least from...

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Should every weekend be a long weekend?

12 Apr 2017

With spring’s four bank holidays fast approaching, it’s easy to get used to the concept of the long weekend. Roisin...

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corporate wellbeing

Workplace wellbeing strategies linked to HR goals are on the rise

3 Mar 2017

Higher numbers of employers have adopted workplace wellbeing strategies in the past year than in previous years and they are...

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mental health and addiction

GPs gain support for mental ill-health and addiction

2 Mar 2017

A new service designed to offer support to GPs and GP trainees suffering from mental ill health and addiction has...

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Lessons learned from a winning workplace health and wellbeing initiative

1 Mar 2017

Reed Business Information was the winner of the CIPD’s 2016 Best Health and Wellbeing Initiative award. Lawrence Mitchell, who led...

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Leadership development: Resilience in times of trauma

19 Jan 2017

The vote to leave the European Union and the election of Donald Trump as president of the US meant that...

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Government report shows links between work and drug and alcohol addiction

3 Jan 2017

The Government’s long-awaited review into the links between work and addiction was published in December.
The review by Dame Carol...

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Poor sleep and work

Wake up to the link between poor sleep and work performance

1 Dec 2016

Poor sleep and work performance are linked, according to a recent study, backed up by a body of previous findings....

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Why are millennials stressed and what can we do about it?

25 Nov 2016

A recent survey by LifeWorks found that 90% of millennials had been distracted by stress at work, despite being perceived...

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Acas research calls for joined-up approach to managing mental health at work

17 Nov 2016

Research published by Acas on managing mental health at work adds to the weight of evidence for a joined-up approach...

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