Unite conference will tackle workplace stress in the sector

Issues such as insecurity over contracts make people in voluntary organisations particularly prone to stress, says the union

Conference will address stress in the workforce
Conference will address stress in the workforce

Fighting stress in the not-for-profit sector will be the subject of a conference run by the union Unite on Thursday.

The Stress at Work conference, which is being held at Friends House, London, will include workshops on how to formulate a stress strategy, how to diagnose bullying and how to direct employees to professional services designed to help them cope with stress.

Approximately 60,000 Unite members work in the not-for-profit sector and a survey last year found that 92 per cent said they experienced stress at work.

Rachael Maskell, Unite national officer for the not-for-profit sector, said stress was a particular problem for voluntary organisations because of the high levels of "insecurity around contracts".

She said demands placed on staff to do more for less had also caused high levels of bullying.

"There are too many demands on the not-for-profit sector," she said. "Some organisations have 17 different funding streams, which all require different auditing requirements."

According to Maskell, the conference will help employees and managers better understand the psychological impact of stress, as well as develop effective strategies for combating the problem and carrying out better risk assessments.

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