So what exactly are your employer`s legal obligations regarding stress at work? Well, there is no specific law that addresses workplace stress, but employers have a duty to ensure the health, safety and well-being of their employees, in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act. In addition, employers have an obligation under the common law (non-status) to take appropriate measures to ensure your health and safety in the workplace. provide information and consultations with workers and/or their representatives in accordance with EU law and legislation, collective agreements and national practices. Practical steps you can take to solve your stress at work Employers are not responsible for problems outside the workplace, such as stress caused by the breakdown of personal relationships or personal finances. However, employers should take appropriate steps to help a worker manage stress outside of work. For example, do you monitor employees` working hours to ensure they have adequate rest periods? Do the number of absenteeisms or staff turnover rates show a problem with high loads to be treated? Do you have guidelines for identifying and dealing with harassment and harassment? Stress is described in the agreement as „a condition accompanied by physical, psychological or social disorders or dysfunctions, and which is due to the fact that people do not feel able to meet the demands or expectations imposed on them.“ Identifying a work-related stress problem may include an analysis of factors such as work organization and processes, working conditions and environment, communication and subjective factors. Signs can be high rates of absenteeism or staff turnover, frequent interpersonal conflicts, or worker complaints. Stress at work can be a disease. A worker who has stress at work equivalent to an illness may be placed on sick leave. Normal sick leave conditions apply.
An employer may ask a worker who says he or she is stressed at work to see a doctor to be properly diagnosed and confirm the reason for the stress, but the worker is not obliged to do so. However, a worker is required to report any threat to their health and safety in the workplace, including stress. The aim of the actors is to increase awareness and understanding of work-related stress. In addition, employers and workers have a framework to identify and prevent work-related problems. If the employee does not mean that the illness is stress at work, or give details, it will limit the employer`s ability to reduce stress. Often, stress in the workplace is unavoidable. In this situation, the best thing an employer can do is try to minimize the source of stress. Ramanlal worked as a waiter in a restaurant where customers were often rude to him.
Some cooks also insulted him when he made mistakes. Ramanlal began to fear coming to work and became more subdued and withdrawn. Stress also began to affect his sleep. He had to take a few days off sick because he no longer felt able to cope. There are ways to deal with stress problems, as we hope above. Remember that at the end of the day, you have legal protection rights and you should not be afraid to use it. If your stress causes you a long-term illness (as I have seen in many people), it will affect your ability to find a new job. Your absence due to stress can also be notified to your new employers. The framework agreement does not address violence, harassment and post-traumatic stress. Large employers should ensure that managers are trained to detect signs of stress and how to respond, and that they behave in a way that minimizes stress and promotes a happy work environment.