Measures to Reduce Stress at Work


There exists a body of well-researched knowledge and a legislative framework whereby the problem of stress in the workplace may be inhibited at its source. This thesis undertakes a critical appreciation with a view to integrating more closely the various strands of the researched elements of such topics as psychology, law, statistics and systems engineering to prescribe and to evaluate an original practical system of work to reduce workplace stress. Three methods of investigation are used: review of relevant literature to determine the best available evidence on measures to reduce stress, a critical appreciation of the various disciplines which may determine effective workplace interventions and an empirical nationwide postal survey. The first of four parts briefly examines the need for this research; the origins, intentions and those obligations of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 which may be used in the reduction of stress. Part two questions whether there is stress at work, identifies fundamental intervent— ions to control stress and determines how such measures may be implemented through statutory duties. Part three develops a model and a strategy for a systematic approach to decision making and the practical reduction of stress within a theoretical and legislative framework. Part four reports on a survey developed to test conclusions from the critical appreciation and literature review, and goes on to propose original guidance notes for the reduction of stress before drawing overall conclusions. From a critical appreciation of a wide body of relevant research, an original practical system of work is suggested which could be implemented within the framework of existing enabling legislation. It provides guidance to enable employers and employees to participate in measures to reduce stress.

Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Psychology
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Institution: Aston University
Uncontrolled Keywords: Measures,reduce stress,workplace,legislation,model,guidance
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2023 08:18
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2011 12:33
Completed Date: 1985
Authors: Stone, Frederick J.

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