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HSE’s latest Business Plan has a renewed focus on mental health

Every day in the UK, sadly two construction workers take their own lives. As part of Men’s Mental Health Week, we look at some simple steps employers can take to help alleviate stress in the workplace and to help to prevent tragic deaths…

15 June 2022

Tragically, every day in the UK, two construction workers take their own lives. As part of Men’s Mental Health Week, we look at some simple steps employers can take to help alleviate stress in the workplace and to help to prevent tragic deaths…

One in four people in the UK will have a mental health problem at some point. While mental health problems are common, most are mild, tend to be short-term and are normally successfully treated, with medication, by a GP.

HSE defines stress as ‘the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them’.

Workers feel stress when they can’t cope with pressures and other issues. Employers should match demands to workers’ skills and knowledge.

For example, workers can get stressed if they feel they don’t have the skills or time to meet tight deadlines and end up having to work after hours, in their own time for no extra pay. Providing planning, training and support can vastly reduce such pressures and bring stress levels down, while improving their work-life balance.

Stress affects people differently – what stresses one person may not even affect another. Factors like skills and experience, age or disability, may all affect whether a worker can cope.
There are six main areas of work design which can have an impact on stress levels and should be managed carefully.

They are:

  • demands
  • control
  • support
  • relationships
  • role
  • change

HSE has incorporated more mental health into its new business plan.

These include:

  • Overview
    How employers can protect workers from stress at work
  • Causes
    Six main factors that can lead to work-related stress
  • Signs
    Signs of stress in teams and workers
  • Workers
    Help for workers on stress at work

Find out how to manage work-related stress so you can protect your employees’ mental health: https://www.hse.gov.uk/stress/index.htm?utm_source=hse.gov.uk&utm_medium=refferal&utm_campaign=guidance-push&utm_content=news-page

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