April is Stress Awareness Month

April is Stress Awareness Month

HSE are inviting employers and managers to complete the 5 steps of their ‘Working Minds’ campaign:

5 steps in 5 weeks

  1. Reach out and have conversations.
  2. Recognise the signs and causes of stress.
  3. Respond to any risks identified by agreeing action points.
  4. Reflect on the actions taken – have things improved?
  5. Make it Routine to check back in on how things are going.

There are 6 main areas that can lead to work-related stress if they are not managed properly:

  • demands
  • control
  • support
  • relationships
  • role
  • change

Signs of Stress

A change in the way someone acts can be a sign, for example taking more time off, arriving for work later, loss of motivation or confidence, or seeming more nervous or emotional. Across the team, this can also look like:

  • arguments
  • higher staff turnover
  • more sickness absence
  • decreased performance
  • more complaints and grievances

Although employers have a legal duty to protect employees from stress at work, diagnosing and treating stress isn’t your responsibility. Your responsibility is to identify the risks of stress and act on them.

Contact MSP for details of our Stress Management online training course or for more assistance.  You can reach us via email:  info@mspbusinessservices.co.uk and Tel No: 01202 800175.