Positive Management of Pressure/Stress In the Workplace Policy
The Trust is committed to supporting the well being of its staff and recognises that maintaining both the physical and mental health of its workforce results not only in more effective delivery of services but also in the Trust being a good place to work.
Many of the factors which impact upon physical health are addressed through existing Health and Safety policies. This policy therefore places emphasis on maintaining positive mental health and in particular recognises how, unless proper arrangements are in place, stress in the workplace can impact adversely on this objective. The policy recognises the importance of identifying and managing workplace pressures and of providing a positive and supportive environment and climate. The policy can be seen by clicking the link below
Work Related Stress
The Trust has in place a system of risk assessment for identified stress at work, The risk assessment can be used on an individual basis or on a team/departmental basis to identify and address issues.
A pro-forma to assist in the identification of risk once stress at work has been identified can be found at the link below. This should be completed jointly by the employee and line manager. This assessment should be completed at any point where an employee identifies that they are experiencing stress attributable entirely or in part to the workplace.
It is well recognised that prevention of stress is better than treating the effects after stress has become unmanageable. The Trust has signed up to use i-Resilience, a tool developed by Robertson Cooper which looks at identifying potential areas which risk an adverse reaction to stress before stress occurs. There is a short questionnaire for individuals to complete and a report is produced indicating areas of concern or where individuals may benefit from additional safeguarding.
Employee Assistance Programme
24/7 telephone support for staff mental health and wellbeing. Access to free telephone counselling and support for a range of issues:
- Debt / Financial Wellbeing
- Domestic Abuse
- Relationship problems
- Work-related problems
Call anytime for confidential support (local call charges may apply):
03303 800 658
Visit the website for CBT Workbooks and more information: Vivup.co.uk