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Job stress

Job stress - Impact, responsibility, reduction

Who should attend

HR and OH professionals, in-house lawyers, and safety managers. This briefing assumes knowledge of sickness absence and discrimination issues.


Stressed employees are unhappy and unhappy employees make mistakes, are absent or leave. Some people seek out, and thrive in, work situations that would stifle or overwhelm another, and some of these people burnout.

Long hours are an often expected price of career success. Flexible-working and technology, which can be an adjustment to ameliorate stress, may prolong work into personal time. The number of fit-notes issued by GP practices for ‘neurotic and stress-related disorders’ rose by 10% between 2017 and 2018 and more than half of work-related absence is linked to stress. As the HSE campaigns on work-related ill-health, HR and safety professionals must work together to identify the costs of stress at work and implement reduction measures.


9.00am registration and coffee, 9.30am start

Stress and the law

  • HSE standards, priorities and reactive approach
  • an employer’s duty of care
  • can stress amount to a disability?
  • different approaches at Tribunal and civil courts

Impact of stress on your employees’ performance

  • how the brain reacts to stress
  • spotting the signs
  • stress and sleep: a vicious circle

Preventing stress and its escalation

  • distinguishing between stress and pressure
  • what is ‘foreseeable’: what can an employer
    reasonably assume?
  • role of line managers
  • employee responsibility
  • change the job or change the employee?

Stress in the workplace

  • breaking point: a colleague in distress
  • interpersonal relationships: insensitivity, disrespect or bullying
  • stress allegations in the midst of performance management and disciplinary procedures
  • failure to address employee complaints

Stress reduction in practice

  • prioritising wellness at work
  • does mindfulness work
  • EAPs and flexibility: what works for you?

1.00pm close, followed by lunch 

Download the full job stress - reduction and inspection training course programme.


Surekha Gollapudi
Health & Safety Lawyer, Eversheds Sutherland

Surekha deals with regulators including the HSE and local authorities. Her experience includes investigations into alleged health and safety failings, audits, health and safety functions and compliance queries from US multi-nationals.

Dr Geoff Bird
Associate Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Brasenose College

Geoff is a cognitive neuroscientist, ie he is both a psychologist and neuroscientist, and studies how the brain gives rise to the mind. His focus is on understanding the neuroscience of social interaction. His work includes helping employers to identify stressors, ameliorate stress and help those who are stressed. He is often named in HR Magazine’s most infl uential HR thinkers list.

Clare Ward
Employment Lawyer, Eversheds Sutherland

Clare advises on all employment law issues and disputes. She manages key client relationships, including working on secondment within a client’s business. She has led many sessions covering absenteeism and mental health issues in the workplace.

(The speakers may vary at each location but each perspective will be covered.)

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