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1 Health and Safety Executive HSE Management Standards Approach Please feel free to use the information provided in this presentation in your own presentations. Where appropriate, we have included speaker notes for you

2 Contents of this presentation An organisational approach to work-related stress covering: –Getting started. –A comprehensive risk assessment –Embedding the approach

3 An Organisational Approach Getting started –Gaining senior management commitment –Understanding the organisational drivers –The setting up of steering groups Comprehensive risk assessment –The Management Standards Approach Embedding the approach –Review of existing policies & procedures based on interventions –Continuous improvement

4 HSG218 (2007) The Management Standards Approach

5 Getting started. The business case: Employee commitment to work Staff performance and productivity Attendance levels Staff recruitment and retention Customer satisfaction Organisational image and reputation Potential litigation

6 Getting started The legal case: The Management Standards are guidance, however, employers already have duties: –Under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999: To assess the risk of stress-related ill health arising from work activities. –Under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974: To take measures to control that risk.

7 Getting started Moral case: There is evidence that prolonged periods of excessive pressure have an adverse effect on health Research provides strong links between stress and physical effects such as heart disease, back pain, headaches, gastrointestinal disturbances or various minor illnesses; and psychological effects such as anxiety and depression Poor coping strategies can also lead to other behaviours that are harmful to health, such as skipping meals, drinking too much caffeine or alcohol, or smoking.

8 Getting started Gaining senior management commitment Setting up a steering group (or other forum) Agreeing terms of reference for the Steering group Assigning roles and responsibilities

9 Setting up a steering group Who should be part of the steering group: Senior management Employee group representative Trade unions representative Health & safety manager Human resources Occupational Health Line management AN Other?

10 Steering group – key roles Project Champion: Represents the project at Board level Updates the Board on progress Ensures the project is adequately resourced Day-to-day Champion: Takes the role of project manager Organises and facilitates meetings Documents decisions to provide an audit trail Keeps the project on schedule and on budget

11 Project naming Project management Planning Resources Marketing / communications Monitoring progress Approval of action plans Generation and approval of management reports Any others? Steering group – key activities

12 Methods of communication: Briefing groups Intranet Newsletters Notice boards !!! Individual memos and letters Newspapers Any others? Steering group – Communications

13 Steering group What users have said: Vital to achieve 100% commitment from senior management and local management teams The steering group are key; individuals who are keen to make a contribution and make the project work Steering group rules include egos left at the door! You need a team who can be mutually supportive Need a communication strategy, communication is vital Planning is absolutely critical Be pragmatic, all actions are agreed and are done.

14 Steering Groups Summary: Need senior management commitment Need employee involvement; partnership approach Project plan; include communications activities Further guidance is available on the Management Standards web pages "How to organise Steering Groups" (see:

15 HSG218 (2007) The Management Standards Approach

16 Understand the Management Standards The six areas are: Demands: workload, work patterns, and the work environment Control: How much say the person has in the way they do their work Support: encouragement, sponsorship and resources provided by the organisation, line management and colleagues Relationships: promoting positive working to avoid conflict and dealing with unacceptable behaviour Role: Whether people understand their role within the organisation and whether the organisation ensures that they do not have conflicting roles Change: How organisational change (large or small) is managed and communicated in the organisation.

17 Understand the Management Standards HealthLocal Governmt Central Governmt EducationFinance Demand22212 Control43664 Support36=353 Role=5554 Relationp=54=33=5 Change11121

18 HSG218 (2007) The Management Standards Approach

19 Gathering Data Data that can be used, includes: Sickness absence data Employee turnover Exit interview Productivity data Performance appraisals Informal talks with employees Focus groups Surveys Return to work interview

20 Gathering Data What are we looking for in the data? Areas of good performance Existing knowledge of problems Correlations between data sources Hot spots Map the issues in the data to the Management Standards Any others?

21 HSE Analysis Tool Functions (2013) Up to 12 user defined categories (demographics) Filters display number of respondents and % Totals sheet gives responses for each question Option to include two data sets from previous surveys to allow comparison over that period Data can be imported using standard Excel functions

22 Gathering data Key learning points from users: Sickness absence data was available but not used! Some data were available through other initiatives Try not to second-guess what responses will be given and dont decide on solutions before analysing the facts presented We have been monitoring sickness absence data and line managers have been evaluating staff reviews to try and identify triggers.

23 Gathering Data Summary: Use all available sources of data Look for correlations between data Look for hot spots to focus resources Look for areas of good practice Dont forget the Management Standards!

24 HSG218 (2007) The Management Standards Approach

25 Evaluate the risk and take action Team briefings Cascade briefings Existing working groups Other staff forums? HSE recommends the use of Focus Groups as a means of engaging with staff.

26 Focus Group Issues Who is going to facilitate the focus groups? How many focus groups are needed? Who should attend a focus group? Who will manage staff attendance? Who will organise locations? Who will be responsible for collating action plans? Who will communicate the agreed actions to all staff? Guidance on How to organise and run focus groups is on the Management Standards web pages (see: )

27 Focus Groups What users have said: Useful for developing staff skills that subsequently can be used internally for other purposes (facilitation) Lack of participation by General Managers; they think its an important issue but cant give time to it Peer support showed as a problem on staff survey but not in focus groups! Feeling is that despite difficulties the focus group approach has worked well and feedback from staff has been very good.

28 The Management Standards The six areas are: Demands: workload, work patterns, and the work environment Control: How much say the person has in the way they do their work Support: encouragement, sponsorship and resources provided by the organisation, line management and colleagues Relationships: promoting positive working to avoid conflict and dealing with unacceptable behaviour Role: Whether people understand their role within the organisation and whether the organisation ensures that they do not have conflicting roles Change: How organisational change (large or small) is managed and communicated in the organisation.

29 The Management Standards DEMANDS: The standard is that: Employees indicate that they are able to cope with the demands of their jobs; and Systems are in place locally to respond to any individual concerns. States to be achieved are: The organisation provides employees with adequate and achievable demands in relation to the agreed hours of work; Peoples skills and abilities are matched to the job demands; Jobs are designed to be within the capabilities of employees; and Employees concerns about their work environment are addressed. Details of all six Standards are contained in your delegate packs

30 Feedback from Workshop exercises Example of suggested interventions: New targeted policies Review of existing policies Raising awareness of existing policies Line Manager training Job design / task analysis Risk assessment of jobs and people Communication initiatives Mentoring

31 Key lessons from users There is no silver bullet so dont waste time looking Try and align with existing initiatives; dont reinvent the wheel It is the small things that make the difference Once we agreed that the Management Standards must be incorporated into every day work, it worked well Reintroduced regular team meetings to address workload, local cover and other immediate issues The Trust now expects managers to thank staff These initiatives require managers to take ownership of their staff.

32 Evaluate the risk and take action Summary: Confirm findings of gap analysis with staff via focus groups or other new or existing working groups Use STBA as a means of keeping discussions focused Look for primary interventions

33 HSG218 (2007) The Management Standards Approach

34 Action Planning The output from focus groups needs to be captured in a prioritised action plan. Things to consider: –Time frame, quick wins can demonstrate you are taking action, other interventions will deliver in the medium to long term –Level of the intervention, is it aimed at a team (micro), a department or directorate (macro) or the whole organisation (strategic)? –Responsibility, named individuals to take responsibility for each action and to report progress It is important employees are kept informed of progress at regular intervals. This activity needs to be part of your communications plan.

35 Comments from users This has been a positive experience for all involved The process would have been a waste of time without the Unions The message for staff is help us make your working life better Staff have been given a voice and the opportunity to use it This has been a really interesting, exciting, worthwhile process. It has also been hard work and frustrating at times Must not be half-hearted, you only get one chance to get it right. Some interventions very simple and cost neutral We have already seen an increase in staff motivation We should encourage others to do it an excellent approach.

36 HSG218 (2007) The Management Standards Approach

37 Embedding The Approach This is about making the management of stress part of everyday H&S management. How can this be achieved? Reviewing existing policies & procedures based on interventions Evaluating effectiveness of interventions on organisational performance Continuous improvement

38 Embedding The Approach Key learning points from case studies: Gaining senior management commitment can be challenging and time consuming Need to prepare senior management for possible bad news! Focus groups can be time consuming if not planned in advance Payback period on resource investment is months rather than years

39 Summary Elements of the Management Standards approach can be integrated with existing initiatives Existing data can be used within the approach, there is no requirement to run a new staff survey Focus groups, or other staff consultation, are a key component of the approach Employer, senior and line management need to buy into the approach and the delivery of the interventions The Management Standards themselves need to be embedded into every day custom and practice


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