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Rather than organizations taking a reactive approach, the Stress Audit proposition is that more resource should be put in to the preventative level of intervention.

Stress Management

Stress Audits

The Workplace Stress Audit is a valid tool, which can identify stress within departments, sections, job types, gender and age groups (as well as ethnicity, disability and grading bands), and establish likely stress levels and indications of impending health problems. The audit is the simplest and most effective way of finding out the levels of perceived stress that exist in an organization and where particular problems lie. This type of audit produces viable data from which recommendations can be made, so that limited resources can be targeted more effectively on the areas of greatest need.

Aims & objectives

  • To identify the sources of stress that exists in the Organization.
  • To assess the distress and dysfunction among Employees.
  • To analyze individual differences that can moderate the stress response.
  • To find out stressor predictors in the Organization

Benefits

  • A reliable baseline for future monitoring of the situation.
  • Stress management interventions can be targeted to address specific needs, saving wasted effort and costs associated with addressing issues haphazardly.
  • The organization is seen to address a difficult topic, directly and openly, thereby enhancing its reputation as a caring employer while discharging its duty of care.
  • Costs, especially ‘hidden’ inefficiency costs, can be substantially reduced.
  • Improve the skills necessary to increase productivity of employees and to equip management with the tools necessary to engage their employees more effectively.
  • Organizations benefit from improved performance, recruitment and retention, staff engagement and reputation.
  • Individuals are encouraged to talk: as a subject, ‘stress’ becomes valid (though the way in which it is talked about needs to be thought through carefully, for a number of reasons).
  • Long-term health and performance related issues may be identified and addressed.