In partnership with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers have created an online survey tool to help companies measure workplace stress levels. The free tool, StressAssess, allows workplaces to anonymously gather key information about work conditions and psychosocial hazards.
StressAssess guides administrators through a five-step process via instructions, templates and reminders. After employers complete the survey, a summary report is generated, which provides comparisons against validated national averages and practical ideas to help workplaces address identified concerns.
Managing workplace stress is important, as it goes a long way toward creating a healthy and happy workforce. Common job stressors include a heavy workload, intense pressure to perform at high levels, job insecurity, long work hours, excessive travel, office politics and conflicts with co-workers. While dealing with stress is a normal part of everyday life, the following are some adverse symptoms employees can experience as a result of recurring workplace stress:
- Anxiety or depression
- Low morale
- Short tempers
- Stomach or back problems
To protect your workers, consider using StressAssess to learn a number of useful methods for reducing workplace stressors. While the survey tool is meant to diagnose workplace factors, the website also includes a personal edition for individuals interested in measuring their own level and sources of stress.
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