The summary of evidence provides an overview of the topic area. It provides definitions and common understanding around the topic, the importance of addressing the topic at work, and then a summary of the literature (both practitioner and academic) aimed at addressing the topic at work.
We have selected some of the strongest academic research regarding interventions to manage stress at work and provided summaries below. All studies have been published in peer-reviewed journals and are presented under three headings: Reviews of Stress Management Interventions – a summary of leading systematic reviews and meta-analyses of stress management intervention research; Individual Interventions – stress management activity focused at the individual; and Organisational Interventions – stress management interventions focused at the organisation.
Some of the strongest practitioner evidence regarding interventions to manage stress at work has been summarised below. These are empirical studies or work of publishable quality that provide case studies and reviews of interventions conducted in the workplace.
The studies are presented under four headings: Manager Interventions; Comparative reviews of Stress Management Interventions; Organisational Interventions and Individual Interventions.
A number of individual tools shown to help reduce symptoms of stress, and improve individual and organisational outcomes, are delivered in one to one or small group settings by a qualified or trained practitioner. Examples are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or relaxation therapy, each of which have their own suite of tools and exercises to foster the skills and thought processes relevant to reducing stress. We have provided some useful links to free to use resources from reputable sources, and provided information on how to access relevant professionals. Given the significant number of practitioners in this field, we are not able to endorse individuals here, nor are we able to detail specific exercises that require supervision and guidance by trained professionals. It may also be important for you to understand stress at work in terms of employment law so we have included some useful summaries. We are not able to recommend legal advice, but if you require advice we suggest contacting Citizens Advice https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk
It may also be useful to refer to the individual tools in the topic Mindfulness in the workplace, for more information about these mindfulness tools please click here
These tool kits and guidance documents are designed to help line managers manage stress at work. They are useful for line managers themselves, and for practitioners considering how to support, train and develop line managers.
It may also be useful to refer to the tools for leaders and managers in the topic Mindfulness in the workplace, for more information about these mindfulness tools please click here
A range of toolkits and guidance documents developed to manage work stress are provided below. These resources have been designed to help practitioners develop an organisational approach to managing stress at work with different toolkits offering guidance, tools to measure stress at work, user guides, case studies and training aids.
It may also be useful to refer to the tools for organisations and practitioners in the topic Mindfulness in the workplace, for more information about these mindfulness tools please click here
A number of documents that relate to national policy implications are provided below. The resources are aimed at helping organisations to implement national policies and laws relating to stress at work.
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