Getting help and advice about stress at work
You have the right under UK law: *
To be protected from work-related stress
To work in a safe workplace.
To have reasonable adjustments for your disabilities which can include mental health issues arising from stress
Stress is defined by the Health and Safety Executive as ‘the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them’. Pressure from your manager, unmanageable workloads, long hours, and unfair deadlines can leave you feeling worried, overwhelmed and stressed.
Stress can be harmful to your mental and physical health, and can cause anxiety, depression and insomnia. Stress caused by difficulties at home and outside work can also affect your ability to cope at work.
Your employer has a duty to assess your workload and working environment, and they must take steps to prevent stress at work. They have a legal duty to take action to protect your physical and mental health and wellbeing.
You shouldn’t have to suffer stress at work, and experiencing stress is not a sign of weakness. We can help you to get the support you need to help you deal with stress and take back control of your working life.
Your union representative is your starting point for getting help from us with any problem at work.
Sometimes members feel that they can sort things out on their own, but it is important to talk to your union representative as soon as possible. Sometimes trying to sort out an issue without proper advice can make the problem much worse. We are here to help you and you can contact your union representative by calling 0333 2423 526.
Your union representative will discuss the situation with you, agree a way forward with you and together they will help you achieve the best possible outcome for you.
You have a legal right to belong to a trade union and your employer is forbidden from treating you unfavourably because you join a trade union, take part in trade union activities or use the services trade unions provide for their members. You also have a right to be accompanied by a trade union representative at any grievance meetings, disciplinary hearings and disciplinary appeals.
* From the Health and Safety At Work Act (1974)