The risks to people’s health from the pandemic are psychological as well as physical. These include anxiety about the ongoing health crisis and fear of infection, as well social isolation due to the lockdown. Many will have experienced illness and bereavement in addition to challenging domestic situations and financial worries.  Some members of staff may have concerns about travelling and socially distancing on public transport, etc.

Employers have a legal duty to protect employees from stress at work by doing a risk assessment and acting on it. Employers may find the HSE’s Management Standards helpful. The standards help identify and manage six areas of work design which can affect stress levels – demands, control, support, relationships, role and change.

Source: Zurich 

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