Gambling with health is a dangerous game

first_img Previous Article Next Article Gambling with health is a dangerous gameOn 21 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. If you are stressed about stress, then I should apologise now. This issue ofPersonnel Today is not likely to make you feel any better. We have dissected the whole issue of stress, produced startling new researchwith the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), and concluded that it is time forHR to beat it both professionally and personally. Our investigations provide damning evidence about the scale of the problem –for which HR must take at least some responsibility. Work-related stress is causedby factors the profession can and should do something about – it is about thedesign, organisation and management of work. Judging by our findings, manyorganisations have not embraced best practice in these three fundamental areasand are running ridiculous risks with their people, competitiveness andreputations. To understand stress is to appreciate how people respond differently to arange of pressures. Work is an emotional place, and increasingly so asemployers grapple with widespread change, cost-cutting and performance demands.But when managed properly, stress can be a good thing. Stress is a complex problem hampering thousands of workers across allsectors, but there is evidence that unmotivated staff are jumping on thebandwagon and using it as an excuse to skive. This week and next, Personnel Today will aim to convince employers thattackling the causes of stress should be top of their agenda. There is abusiness case, a moral argument and regulations all forcing you to adopt a morecoherent approach to stress. Personnel Today is offering plenty of guidance inthis magazine, and through our website,, on what to do next.The HSE also provides fantastic resources to help you prepare for the stressmanagement standards it is introducing next year. Don’t wait for stress to blight your organisation – focus on the causes nowand live up to your vision as a responsible employer. By Jane King, editor Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more