What should my employer do about stress at work?

The core of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) approach for dealing with work-related stress is set out in its Management Standards. This involves systematically addressing the six major work stressors: demand; control; support; relationship; role; and change. The HSE claims that if these six work areas are properly managed, work-related stress can be reduced.

The Management Standards approach requires employers to follow the five steps to risk assessment:

  1. Identify hazards.
  2. Decide who might be harmed.
  3. Evaluate the risk and take action.
  4. Record your findings.
  5. Monitor and review.

The TUC has issued a guide on Tackling Workplace Stress using the HSE Stress Management Standards to assist union health and safety reps in encouraging their employers to implement the management standards. 

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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