Survey reveals the impact of stress

UNISON is stepping up its campaign on stress after a survey of 10,000 members showed that it is the top health and safety concern for union members.

Some three quarters of members said they had never been surveyed by their employer on stress, 61% said their employer had never spoken to them about the issue at all.

The biggest cause of stress is excessive demands placed on them by staff shortages. Cuts and constant change.

87% of the almost 10,000 who answered said that increasing pressure on staff, and the stress that brings, means that services to the public suffer.

UNISON is calling on its branches and members to challenge employers and get them to talk to workers about stress, carry out stress audits and take steps to manage and reduce stress at work.

Broadland branch continues to discuss stress and wellbeing support initiatives at Broadland Staffside. Recently the review of arranging a quiet space for staff to use when feeling stressed, unwell or overwhelmed has been reconsidered. We will endeavour to update our members when arrangements are put in place. Furthermore, UNISON Broadland has championed the following advice from HSE at Staffside and to its members to help manage everyday stressors.

Broadland District Council also has a resource library available for members to loan at any time, covering mindfulness meditation, pain management, and stress management. These include books and CD’s.  To loan any book get in touch via unison@broadland.gov.uk

Download the UNIOSN Stress survey report at www.unison.org.uk/2017_unison_stress_survey/ and our guide for safety reps at www.unison.org.uk/stress-at-work-a-guide-for-unison-safety-reps-2/

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