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Want to identify and monitor the effects of stress in your company? Conduct a stress survey

by , 28 January 2014
Work-related stress is defined as harmful physical and emotional responses that occurs when the requirements of the job don't match the capabilities, resources, or needs of the worker. The danger here is that job stress can lead to poor health and even injury. That's why it's important to deal with it head on. How do you do this? Conduct a stress survey...

The Health & Safety Advisor says your employee's stress can have serious health impairments i.e. the loss of capacity to cope with working and social situations.

'This can lead to less success at work, including loss of career opportunities and even employment.'

But it's not only your employee who suffers as a result of work-related stress.

The impact of stress on your company can include

  • Absenteeism;
  • Higher medical costs;
  • Higher staff turnover; and
  • Associated costs of recruiting and training new workers.

The good news is conducting a stress survey can help you identify, measure and monitor the effects of stress in your conduct.

Identifying and monitoring the effects of stress: Here's what to include in your stress survey

Your stress survey must include:

#1: The purpose of your survey (i.e. what you aim to prove or deduce from your research)

For example, what are the measurable levels of stress amongst my employees before and after implementation of a stress management programme?

Also include your survey's aims. What you hope to develop as a result of your research, for example, a new stress management programme or implement a therapeutic strategy to monitor and reduce stress.

#2: Hypothesis: Your expected outcomes. (i.e. if you've introduced massages in your company as a way of dealing with stress, you'll investigate its effectiveness and continued use as a stress management tool).

#3: Population: Who you've used as test subjects within your company. (i.e. random group or specific target group, age or sex. For example, female workers on a production line between the ages of 20 and 60.)

#4: Survey design: How you aim to carry out the survey. For example, will test subjects undergo a medical exam before and after? Fill in questionnaires; perform various tests like a concentration test before and after therapy.

#5: Alternative tools, for example, aromatherapy or essential oils to assist with the massages. This will be useful to note should any of your employees display adverse reactions to the oils which could skew your results.

#6: Findings and recommendations. You can present using graphs or tables to demonstrate results and effectiveness of your programme in terms of stress reduction, reduced absenteeism and cost savings to management.

Work-related stress isn't a trivial issue. It's a health and safety matter! So make sure you identify and monitor the effects of stress in your company by conducting a stress survey.

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