work2health has developed a stress audit toolkit in which the audit tools are structured around the core components of the HSE Management Standards on Stress at Work - demands, control, support, relationships, role and change.
Each organisation has different requirements and we therefore tailor our approach to meet your specific needs. The audit tools that work2health have developed can be used singly or combined, depending on the level of investigation and analysis that you require, and include the following:
- Staff questionnaire
A questionnaire is distributed to all or some of the employees as specified by the client e.g. the audit can be undertaken across the whole organisation, to a specific department or even to a specific team. The completed questionnaires are sent anonymously to work2health for analysis and the client receives a presentation of the findings and a full written report that includes short, medium and long-term recommendations for action.
This approach is useful for organisations who wish to us the audit as a benchmarking activity – the data from one years questionnaires can be compared with subsequent years in order to determine whether levels of pressure and stress are changing, and if so how and what might be contributing to these changes.
- Focus groups
Focus groups can be combined with the self complete questionnaire to tease out any issues that are highlighted and require further investigation, or can be held independently. work2health recommend that the focus groups have approximately 8-10 participants and are held over half-day sessions. This approach is particularly useful if an audit is being undertaken with a relatively small group of employees. The discussion within the focus groups is analysed and the client receives a presentation of the findings and a full written report that includes short, medium and long-term recommendations for action.
- Semi structured interviews
Semi-structured interviews are a useful tool when conducting the stress audit on a relatively small group of employees, e.g. a small organisation or specific team. Using this technique, participants are interviewed using a semi-structured interviewing template with questions based on the management standards. The benefit of utilising this approach is that there is an in-built degree of flexibility that allows exploration of specific issues or themes that emerge that are unable to be captured in a questionnaire. Following the interviews the data is analysed and the client receives a presentation of the findings and a full written report that includes short, medium and long-term recommendations for action.
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