Latest update: 28/04/2023

Guidance on work-related stress. Spice of life or kiss of death?

In 2000, the European Commission published a guidance on work-related stress.

The guidance document provides general information on the causes, symptoms and consequences of work-related stress, both for workers and organisations. The focus is on primary prevention of work-related stress and ill-health, rather than on treatment. It also offers advice on how to identify work-related stress problems and their causes, and proposes a practical and flexible action framework that both social partners and individual companies can apply in their own situations. The focus is on primary prevention of work-related stress (addressing underlying causes), rather than treating symptoms.

The content of the guide includes:

  • the background of work-related stress: the extend of stress, work-related stressors, causes of stress, health aspects);
  • the challenges: responsibilities and actions of the employer; and
  • measures for the prevention of work-related stress: risk assessment tools, primary prevention for individuals, instruction and training.

Publication details

  • Published by: EU Commission
  • Publication date: 2000
  • Number of pages: 120 pp.
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