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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.

 

Case study

“The health promotion bug has really caught on! Employees are constantly coming up with new ideas and it’s done a great deal to help with staff morale.”

David Wingham,
Coastline Housing

Working Days Lost

According to HSE, 36 million days were lost in 2008 as a result of work-related ill health or workplace injury. The worst performing organisations lost an average of 12 working days per employee [CBI/AXA].

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