Workplace Stress: A collective challenge

This report aims at presenting trends on work-related stress in both developed and developing countries with a view to raising awareness of the magnitude of the problem in the new context of the world of work. To this end it provides an interregional overview of the prevalence and impact of work-related stress, and examines legislation, policies and interventions for its management at international, regional, national and workplace levels. Through a Delphi survey it further identifies and assesses future scenarios and contributing factors in this field. The results of this study will also be used in supporting ILO constituents to take action in this field at
national and enterprise levels.
Focusing on the study of stress in the world of work has increased since the 1990s, particularly on the impact of workrelated stress on workers' health and its management. There has been growing attention on the effects of psychosocial hazards and risks and work-related stress among researchers and policymakers. Occupational safety and health (OSH) practice has expanded beyond its traditional scope to incorporate behavioural medicine, occupational health psychology and social wellbeing, thereby acknowledging people's need to conduct a socially and economically productive life.


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