Work-related stress has been found to be the second most common work-related health problem, after back pain, affecting almost a third of EU workers.
Waterford Chamber is one of a number of bodies which has signed up to the IMPRESS programme, a research project which is being conducted by three European Universities in Barcelona, Munich and Riga.
“They’re going to develop the approach, the strategies, the scientific bit,” says Donal Nolan who is Strategic Project Manager with Waterford Chamber, “and the Chamber of Commerce is going to test the tools and the approach created out of this research.”
He says that there are many factors causing stress to the labour force.
“It the job changing? Is it going to be automated? People are worried about that,” he says, “There’s bullying… zero-hour contracts… All these factors have been defined by the Universities and we’re now in the middle of collecting data.”
Any businesses or employees interested in filling out the survey can do so by visiting the Waterford Chamber website.