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What are the Management Standards for work-related stress?

The Management Standards define the characteristics, or culture, of an organisation where the risks from work-related stress are being effectively managed and controlled. They cover six key areas of work design that, if not properly managed, are associated with poor health and well-being, lower productivity and increased sickness absence. The HSE (Health & Safety Executive) Management Standards represent a set of conditions that, if present, reflect a high level of health well-being and organisational performance.

In other words, the six Management Standards cover the primary sources of stress at work. These are:

Demands this includes issues such as workload, work patterns and the work environment.

Control how much say the person has in the way they do their work.

Support this includes the encouragement, sponsorship and resources provided by the organisation, line management and colleagues.

Relationships this includes promoting positive working to avoid conflict and dealing with unacceptable behaviour.

Role whether people understand their role within the organisation and whether the organisation ensures that they do not have conflicting roles.

Change how organisational change (large or small) is managed and communicated in the organisation.

The Management Standards demonstrate good practice through a step by step risk assessment approach; allow assessment of the current situation using surveys and other techniques; promote active discussion and working in partnership with employees to help decide on practical improvements that can be made and help simplify risk assessment for work-related stress by: Back to Main Stress Management Page

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