How much say the person has in the way they do their work.

The standard is that:

  • employees indicate that they are able to have a say about the way they do their work
  • systems are in place locally to respond to any individual concerns

What should be happening/states to be achieved:

  • where possible, employees have control over their pace of work
  • employees are encouraged to use their skills and initiative to do their work
  • where possible, employees are encouraged to develop new skills to help them undertake new and challenging pieces of work
  • the organisation encourages employees to develop their skills
  • employees have a say over when breaks can be taken
  • employees are consulted over their work patterns

Full guidance can be found:

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  • Control

For more information please contact a mental well-being at work advisor.

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About work-related stress

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HSE Management Standards

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HSENI and work-related stress

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Good Practice

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HSENI run a number of different webinars on work-related stress. Details of these including dates and registration can be found on the events page:

Small businesses

The HSENI risk assessment tool, is designed for organisations with fifty or more staff. HSENI has provided additional advice for small businesses.