What are stress and psychosocial risks?
Work-related stress is not an individual fault, but an organisational issue. It is one of the most important outcomes of a poor psychosocial work environment.
Psychosocial risks arise from poor work design, organisation and management, as well as a poor social context of work. They may result in negative psychological, physical and social outcomes.
Working conditions such as the following may lead to psychosocial risks:
- excessive workloads or time constraints;
- conflicting demands;
- lack of clarity over the worker’s role;
- ineffective communication;
- badly managed organisational change.
An unhealthy social context is characterised by situations where there is/are
- lack of support from management or colleagues;
- poor interpersonal relationships;
- harassment, aggression and violence;
- difficulties in combining commitments at work and at home.
Psychosocial risks should not be confused with a healthy, stimulating but supportive work environment in which workers are highly motivated and encouraged to perform to the best of their ability.
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