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Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress

Date: 14 Apr 2014

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) runs biennial ‘Healthy workplaces campaigns’ on specific health and safety topics. The previous campaign focused on leadership and worker involvement. The Campaign for the next 18 months, formally launched 7th April, is entitled “Healthy workplaces manage stress”.

Stress is a major cause of sickness absence and costs business a great deal of money and causes sufferers a lot of misery. But despite its sensitive nature, stress and other psychosocial risks can be successfully tackled, and reduced; tackling stress in the workplace is worth the effort. It leads to improved worker health, cuts costs related to sickness absence and improves organisational performance.

HSE provides the UK Focal Point for EU-OSHA and has developed a website to support the campaign, attached to its Stress website. This explains the various activities that EU-OSHA are undertaking, there is some useful information in its leaflets as well as explanation of how you can get involved with events, getting your own event noticed  or promoting what you’ve done to tackle stress.

 

Stress & Absence - 2014

New research from OnePoll on behalf of life insurance provider Friends Life found that one UK employee in six (16%) called in sick because of stress in the past year (2013), at a cost to employers of more than £460 million in wasted wages per day.

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Professor Dame Carol Black is Expert Adviser on Health and Work to NHS England and Public Health England presented the awards. She said at the 2017 Workplace Health Conference and Awards“It always gives me great pleasure to return to Cornwall to present the Workplace Health Awards, which go from strength to strength each year. These awards show the commitment of organisations, public and private, large and small, to employees' health and wellbeing. They also acknowledge the relationship between health and wellbeing, engagement and productivity"

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