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Managing and preventing stress

The University is committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment for its staff and recognises the importance of fostering psychological as well as physical well-being. Stress is a complex subject and the University has to deal with its effects irrespective of its source.

The University aims to reduce the levels of stress so far as is reasonably practicable. This is achieved in practice through appropriate job design, creating a supportive work environment, training and supporting managers and employees to assist them in preventing and coping with workplace stress, and supporting employees if and when they are experiencing stress.

The following documents provide a framework within which stress can be prevented and effectively managed:

Stress policy (PDF - 239KB)

Guidance for managers (PDF - 330KB)

Guidance for employees (PDF - 290KB)

There are a number of courses, workshops and training sessions for managers and employees on how to prevent and manage work-related stress, run by People Development in conjunction with Human Resources, Health and Safety Services and Counselling and Wellbeing.

The University acknowledges that for some staff, managing a high volume of e-mails can be a source of stress. Most posts at the University require staff to send and receive e-mails as part of their working day during normal working hours. This should always be done in accordance with the University's Code of Good Practice which requires staff and students to use email appropriately and carefully to ensure that messages do not give offence, either in tone or content. The following E-mail guidance has been developed to provide support and advice on best practice when sending and receiving e-mails.