Healthy Work: Managing Stress in the Workplace

Topics: Employment, Occupational safety and health, Stress Pages: 18 (4970 words) Published: June 20, 2013
Healthy Work: Managing Stress in the Workplace
Health and safety is good business

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 What is stress? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 How (and why) does stress affect us? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 But we can’t live without some stress in our lives, can we? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Stress due to causes outside work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Individual differences. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 What are the effects of stress?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Causes of unnecessary workplace stress . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Some features of poorly organised work resulting in unnecessary stress . . . . . . 10 Taking a realistic approach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Providing healthy work is a shared responsibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 What are the keys to providing healthy work? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 What if a problem emerges? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 When things go wrong . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Help and information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

INTRODUCTION

The Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 and the amendments made to it in 2002 are designed to make New Zealand’s workplaces as healthy and safe as possible. Healthy and safe workplaces are a measure of successful employment relationships that exhibit mutual trust and confidence, and promote sustainable and productive relationships. Creating a healthy and safe workplace requires employers and employees to work together systematically to identify hazards and manage them. It also requires a workplace with ongoing and effective communications between the employer and employees. A part of creating a healthy and safe workplace is managing stress in the workplace. Stress arising from workplace factors can result from unmanaged hazards that have the potential to cause both harm and poor business outcomes. The Health and Safety in Employment Act is promoted and enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Service (OSH) of the Department of Labour, but other organisations can be approved to undertake enforcement in specialist areas. Currently the Maritime Safety Authority (MSA) is approved to promote and enforce the Act at sea. This booklet identifies the approach that OSH, the MSA and other designated agencies will take when considering stress in the workplace.

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Some employers and employees will be approaching the issue of stress in the workplace for the first time. Others will find that this booklet reflects the good practice they already follow in their workplace. Working systematically to identify workplace hazards means you should not wait until an employee has a physical or mental health problem before taking steps to deal with stressors in the workplace. The concept of hazard identification and management also means that there is only a requirement to manage work stressors or the individual’s stressed situation where you can be reasonably expected to know about the stress. Even then the obligation is only to do what is reasonably practicable in the circumstances. More comprehensive information is available through the Department of Labour’s Workinfo service (www.workinfo.govt.nz or 0800 20 90 20) or from the MSA through 0508 22 55 22 or www.msa.govt.nz.

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