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Long-term job insecurity leads to stress

first_img Previous Article Next Article The need for a new approach to occupational safety, health and environmentalissues was highlighted in a recent television phone-in about stress. During the course of the discussion, a caller rang to complain that too muchemphasis was being placed upon management and white-collar workers. People”on the shop-floor” suffer from stress too, she said, adding thatpeople’s lives in general were more stressful than ever before. One of the studio guests, a spokesperson from the Institute of Directors,seized upon the woman’s final comments to debunk the whole notion of workplacestress. Now is not the time to explore the rights and wrongs of the stress debate.However, the IoD spokesperson’s comments did seem to suggest that a cleardivision could be drawn between work and the home. But how viable is this position? It seems to take no account of the dramaticchanges that have taken place in the workplace over the past 25 years and arestill continuing. Today, a typical workplace comprises a mix of small contractors,sub-contractors and employees of the parent company, making it more difficultto identify and tackle health and safety issues. More organisations than everare relying on agency workers, casual labourers, homeworkers and volunteers,with terms such as “flexible workforce”, “downsizing”,”productivity gains” and “payment by performance” allcommonplace. Moreover, for many, job security has been replaced by long-terminsecurity’. Those of us who work in occupational safety and health are still trying tocome to terms with the effects of these changes, and it seems that manybusiness people are too. In response to this, Iosh has organised a majorsafety, health and environment conference on 5-6 April. The impact of change on organisations is at the top on the agenda, withissues such as operating in a global market, public interest in health andsafety, and the impact of new technologies considered during the two-dayprogramme. The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health represents 25,000safety and health professionals in industry, commerce and the public sector.For conference details contact Penny Richards on 0207-453 5491 or access www.ibcglobal.com/managedevents/Iosh Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Long-term job insecurity leads to stressOn 1 Mar 2000 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more