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What does “psychosocial issues” mean?

What does “psychosocial issues” mean?

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Construction has its own culture, characterised by a “macho”, “can-do” approach. Sadly, this culture can sometimes result in problems relating to what are called psychosocial issues. This term covers stress at work, violence at work, and bullying (mobbing) at work. When we talk of psychosocial issues, we mean:

  • Work-related stress is experienced when the demands of the work environment exceed the workers’ ability to cope with (or control) them. It is not a disease, but can lead to mental and physical ill health.
  • Violence at work is any incident where a person is abused, threatened, or assaulted at their work, and which endangers their safety, health, well-being, or work performance. It covers insults, threats, or physical or psychological aggression exerted by people from outside the organisation against a person at work.
  • Bullying is repeated, unreasonable behaviour directed towards an employee or group of employees that creates a risk to health and safety. Note that bullying is “internal” (i.e. from someone within an organisation) and violence is “external”.
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