HSE develops online stress indicator tool

An example of the HSE’s online Stress Indicator Tool.

The government’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has developed an online version of its Stress Indicator Tool to help guide employers.

For those who want to use the executive’s Management Standards approach to best practice, the guidelines suggests using a survey as one source of information on whether work-related stress appears to be a potential problem for a company’s workforce.

Therefore the Stress Indicator Tool is an evidence-based survey consisting of 35 questions about ‘working conditions’ known to be potential causes of work- related stress, which correspond to the six Management Standards: demands, control, support, relationships, role and change.

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There is a free version available on HSE’s website, but HSE Publications and Products has also produced a software version of the tool that allows employers to customise elements of the survey and run it online.

As soon as the survey is complete, the software analyses the responses and automatically generates a detailed report of the results, as well as a number of tables and charts. The report also highlights priority areas for action and suggests the next steps that can be taken to address them.

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