Stress is a mental and physical condition which results from pressure or demands that strain or exceed your capacity or perceived capacity to cope. The sources of such pressure or demands are called stressors.
Our expert team can help your business at a number of levels
Level 1: Promotion and Prevention
- We will help you create a culture where the wellbeing of employees is a priority
- We will assist you develop a Dignity in the Workplace policy
- Our training team will train managers to identify and deal with stressors
- We will train employees on their responsibilities in relation to dignity at work
Level 2: Management
- We will help employees cope better with workplace stress through stress management and wellbeing workshops
- Our team will provide support to individual employees particularly after a critical incident
Level 3: Minimisation
- Your organisation can refer employees to our support services once a problem has been identified for confidential advice, guidance, support or counselling
- We also provide conflict resolution mediation and arbitration services
Importance of Stress Management
All businesses have an obligation under health and safety legislation to prevent, identify and manage stress in the workplace. Stress management is a term used for all activities aimed at controlling stress. It includes efforts to identify, prevent and reduce stressors in the workplace and to assist employees affected by or at risk of stress.
Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005
In Ireland, the main law governing health and safety at work, including workplace stress, is The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005
Under this legislation, we have a duty of care and must do what is "reasonably practicable" to provide a safe working environment for all our employees. This means providing a workplace free from both physical and psychosocial injury and avoiding improper conduct and behaviour, including stress and bullying. The Act sets out responsibilities for both the employer and employees.
Other relevant legislation includes:
- The Organisation of Working Time Act 1997
- The Employment Equality Act 1998 and 2007
- The Equal Status Act 2000-2004
- The Disability Act 2005