Psychosocial risk factors and hazards
Work-related stress has the potential to negatively affect an individual's psychological and physical health, as well as an organisation's effectiveness. Therefore, it is recognized world-wide as a major challenge to workers' health and the health of their organizations.
For many working people it is all too frequent that the working environment is where they spend most of their waking hours. According to a number of surveys, many perform activities that they perceive as demanding, constraining, and otherwise stressful. Mental health problems and other stress-related disorders are recognized to be among the leading causes of early retirement from work, high absence rates, overall health impairment, and low organizational productivity.
Good management and good work organization are the best forms of stress prevention.
Protecting Workers' Health Series No. 6 - Raising Awareness of Stress at Work in Developing Countries