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16 Apr 2015

Staff Survey 2013 feedback results in new approach to managing work-related stress

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Guidance for staff and managers has been launched to help spot the signs of work-related stress and deal with it effectively.

Alongside the guidance is a new Stress Assessment Tool which managers or staff can use to assess levels of work-related stress and draw up an action plan for individuals.

The guidance and assessment tool can be found at:

This work is one of the key outcomes of the Staff Survey ‘Behaviours’ group, which was one of four groups tasked with addressing University-wide issues raised in the Staff Survey 2013.

Professor Clive Agnew, who led the ‘Behaviours’ Staff Survey group said: “The University is committed to providing a supportive working environment that maintains and promotes the health and wellbeing of all employees. 

“Work-related stress should be regarded as a risk in the same way as more tangible risks such as working at height or with chemicals.  We therefore need to ensure that appropriate measures are in place for the prevention and monitoring of work-related stress; and to ensure the early detection and management of stress where it occurs, whatever the cause.

“Everyone who manages or supervises staff at the University has a responsibility to be aware of work-related stress and through the development of these resources we’re equipping our managers with the tools to be able to spot the signs and deal with work-related stress as part of their day-to-day management,” he added.

There are plans to support the guidance and assessment tool with further briefings and workshops. Giving your views in the Staff Survey can result in positive action being taken.   The 2015 Staff Survey is currently open and to find out more about the Staff Survey 2015 and how you can make your voice heard visit: