In response to research suggesting that a third of British employees believe their employer doesn’t manage work-related stress effectively, Acas has issued new guidance.
The newly published advice represents a valuable resource for employers. As well as helping to identify the signs, symptoms and causes of stress, Acas provides useful guidance on the law. In particular, it highlights employers’ health and safety obligations and the prospect of duties arising under the Equality Act 2010.
Importantly, Acas has set out very useful guidance for employers who are supporting employees with existing work-related stress. In this regard, significant emphasis is placed on the importance of establishing a sensitive and supportive working relationship, based on effective communication. A clear ‘action plan’ to address any problems that occur along the way is also strongly encouraged.
In an effort to avoid stress-related problems occurring in the first place, Acas advises employers to consider implementing a clear mental health and stress policy, as well as using risk assessments to identify and address potential stress-causing factors.
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It is well worth taking a few minutes to read the new advice on managing work-related stress. The full Acas guidance can be found here.