Workplace stress can occur when there is a conflict between job demands and the amount of control an employee has over meeting these demands. It can impact both employees and employers alike.
Workers attempt to cope with stress in a number of ways, with varying degrees of success, however workers suffering from prolonged stress can go on to develop serious physical health problems.
Some contributing factors for stress in the workplace can include:
• Excessive workloads • Conflicting demands & lack of role clarity
• Lack of involvement in decision making
• Poorly managed organisational change, job security
• Ineffective communication, lack of support
• Psychological & sexual harassment, third party violence
In the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, ‘Health’ is defined as both physical and psychological.
Like any other work health and safety risk a system should be in place to:
• identify the areas within the workplace that are likely to cause stress
• assess the risks to determine which require controls
• control the risks by eliminating or minimizing where possible
• review the controls and their effectiveness
Do you need help developing systems to identify and prevent stress in the workplace?