Human Resources

Learning and Development

Managing Stress in the Workplace

Target Audience

This sessions is part of the core training which the University of Portsmouth expects staff with management responsibility to complete, ideally within the probationary period.

Session Outline

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) defines stress as 'the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demands placed on them'.  There are several known causes of stress in the workplace such as change, work demands, control, etc. and every individual responds to these stressors in different ways.

This workshop focuses on practical support and guidance with regard to managing stress within your team.

The aims of the session are:

  • To inform managers of their responsibilities with regard to managing stress at work with those that they line manage
  • To provide an overview of the Stress Management Policy
  • To recognise the sources and causes, signs and symptoms of stress
  • To provide advice and guidance on how to identify and manage those individuals affected by stress

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this session participants will: 

  • Recognise which work factors can contribute to feelings of stress
  • Recognise when an individual may be affected by feelings of stress
  • Use the HSE Stress Management Standards to assess the potential for or the extent of stress in the workplace
  • Identify and access sources of support.

Pre-event Preparation

Please read through the Health and Safety Executive Management Standards for Workplace Stress and the University Managing Work -Related Stress policy


The session will include workshop activities, discussion and structured input along with the application of the Management Standards to case studies using risk assessment.


Christine Poulter, Occupational Health Nurse

Further Resources

The Manager's Role in Preventing Stress
Top Tips for Reducing Team Stress
Common Causes of Workplace Stress
Recognising the Symptoms of Stress
How to Manage Stress in Your Team

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