Managing Stress

Stress in the workplace can be a sign of an individual suffering from mental health issues.

Work related stress is common in the construction industry due to the high intensity and high risk nature of the working environment. It is therefore important for the individual to maintain a healthy awareness of not only themselves, but also their colleagues around them. It is easy to fall into a pattern of work related stress and other mental health issues without noticing it.

CITB recently conducted a workplace stress survey within the industry and found the following:

  • 36% described their workplace as a high or very high stress environment;
  • 20% admitted they were unsure how they would support an employee suffering from work related stress;
  • 53% said they would detect a problem by chatting to an employee;
  • 33% thought they would detect a problem only when a problem occurred on the job.

It is essential that both employers and the employees are aware of anyone suffering from stress in the workplace and take action. The resources below provide useful guidance and advice on how to better manage stress at work.

Click here for HSE’s effective stress management standards

 

Click here to download stress management tools and templates

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The Construction Index. June 2016


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