Identifying stress in the workplace

Work-related stress is commonplace within the construction industry.

Work-related stress has a number of knock-on effects, including, high blood pressure, low morale, poor decision making and can lead to mental health problems such as depression.

For these reasons, it is important that managers interact with their workforce and are vigilant to any signs that employees may be suffering from work-related stress.

Below is a method that has been implemented on site, to identify employees who may be suffering from stress:

  • ‘Stressbands’ were issued to the workforce;
  • These simple, low cost wristbands displayed a skin temperature gauge;
  • Skin temperature varies with stress levels and the different colours on the gauge indicated different stress levels;
  • Interactive surveys collated workforce feedback from multiple choice questions. Results were analysed, reviewed and became a talking point amongst the workforce.

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Monitor Report, Mace, London, January 2015


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