National Stress Awareness Day, on Wednesday 2nd November, provides the perfect opportunity for HR and Health & Safety Professionals to put stress at the top of the agenda. Here are some routine tasks which should be carried on a regular basis, put these on your to-do list for next week:-
- Review the stress policy – does this need up-dating? does this still work for your business? what would make the policy even more effective?
- When were stress risk assessments last carried out? how often does the policy state that assessments should be completed? are these up-to-date?
- Evaluate sickness absence figures for last 12 months – what do the figures show you? how much is sickness absence costing the business? how much of a underlying factor is stress in these figures?
- Are any staff currently off-sick with a stress related illness? What is being done to get them back to work as soon as possible?
- When did your line-managers last have stress management training? does this training need to be up-dated so that managers understand exactly what is expected of them? do they have all the skills required to manage stress effectively in their teams?
- Are all the necessary lines of communication open to ensure that cases of stress are identified early? are appraisals and 1-2-1s carried regularly? are HR, Health and Safety managers and occupational health approachable for staff concerned about stress? are return to work interviews always carried out effectively?
These are all routine tasks for those responsible for managing stress in the workplace. Taking this opportunity to go through the list will ensure that your business is managing the risk of stress in your workplace effectively.
This post was written by Charlie Damonsing of CLAssociates. CLAssociates specialises in helping businesses manage stress in the workplace, providing consultancy, training and 1-2-1 support. For further details please contact Charlie on 0771 559 6487.