By leadership you can set the culture of the organisation to recognise that organisational and individual health are key components of business performance. Most organisations will have stress related problems, even if they do not call them that. The key is to find out, in a systematic way, where the problems are, and how and why they are happening.

Review your organisation's policies and procedures

You need to consider whether your organisation's policies and procedures need to be reviewed in the light of the findings from your risk assessment.

It is often the case that policies and procedures do not adequately reflect the current ways of working, due to the continuous change that organisations experience.


Make the management standards part of everyday management

The management standards are concerned with the prevention and management of common health problems and the drive towards good jobs to enhance the performance of your organisation.

Since the process is continuous, it is envisaged that the evaluation and monitoring activities will merge naturally into everyday management.

Whether you use the management standards approach or an alternative approach to risk assessment, it is important that this is seen as part of the normal day-to-day activities of your line managers, and is integrated into their role as far as possible.


Develop your managers

Try to identify and develop the competencies your managers need to manage potential sources of work related stress. Some recent research commissioned by HSE suggests that there is considerable overlap between the management competencies required for preventing and reducing potential sources of stress at work and general management competencies. This research highlighted a number of key competencies for preventing and managing work related stress. More information about this can be found on management competencies.

HSENI has produced a Talking Toolkit to help line managers hold initial conversations with employees as one part of an employer’s journey towards preventing work-related stress.

For more information contact a Mental Wellbeing at Work Advisor.