Stress places demands on peoples physical and emotional mental health and general well-being impacting directly on an individuals behaviour, performance and workplace relationships.
A cause of long-term work absence employers should conduct stress risk assessments whilst simultaneously managing workplace activities to help reduce the likelihood of stress developing.
Employers should look to implement a well-being or stress policy making sure it:
includes a statement of commitment that promotes the well-being of employees;
has senior management support; is kept under constant review to ensure employee well-being is maximised;
provides effective advice, support and training to enhance employee well-being, and;
incorporates a process for evaluating the effectiveness of all well-being initiatives.