Measures to Reduce Stress at Work

  • Frederick J. Stone

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


There exists a body of well-researched knowledge and a legislative
framework whereby the problem of stress in the workplace may be inhibited
at its source. This thesis undertakes a critical appreciation with a view to
integrating more closely the various strands of the researched elements of
such topics as psychology, law, statistics and systems engineering to
prescribe and to evaluate an original practical system of work to reduce
workplace stress.

Three methods of investigation are used: review of relevant literature
to determine the best available evidence on measures to reduce stress, a
critical appreciation of the various disciplines which may determine effective
workplace interventions and an empirical nationwide postal survey.

The first of four parts briefly examines the need for this research; the
origins, intentions and those obligations of the Health and Safety at Work
etc. Act 1974 which may be used in the reduction of stress. Part two
questions whether there is stress at work, identifies fundamental intervent—
ions to control stress and determines how such measures may be implemented
through statutory duties. Part three develops a model and a strategy for a
systematic approach to decision making and the practical reduction of stress
within a theoretical and legislative framework. Part four reports on a survey
developed to test conclusions from the critical appreciation and literature
review, and goes on to propose original guidance notes for the reduction of
stress before drawing overall conclusions.

From a critical appreciation of a wide body of relevant research, an original
practical system of work is suggested which could be implemented within
the framework of existing enabling legislation. It provides guidance to enable
employers and employees to participate in measures to reduce stress.
Date of Award1985
Original languageEnglish


  • Measures
  • reduce stress
  • workplace
  • legislation
  • model
  • guidance

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