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Work-related stress: help us develop a new EU-funded training programme

IMPRESS Survey

In the European Union, work-related stress (WRS) is the second most common work-related health problem, after back pain, affecting 28% of EU workers. As a response to the WRS issue, the EU has funded a series of research projects focused on identifying the stress factors and developing tools that can be used to tackle the issue at organisational level.

As part of our development strategy, Waterford Chamber is working with a network of business organisations and universities all across Europe to develop practical solutions to a variety of business issues affecting our members and the SE region in general. These networks have been set-up to take advantage of EU sponsored programmes in the area of Knowledge Alliance and Exchange of Best Practice that can provide educational and training programmes relevant European wide issues such as WRS etc.

Waterford Chamber has been invited to join one such programme, called IMPRESS and is funded by the Erasmus+ Program, KA2-Knowledge Alliances. There is a large research element to the project which is conducted by our scientific partners, University of Barcelona, Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, and Riga Technical University.

Waterford Chamber must now assist our scientific partners to collect the relevant research data from our members and extended networks across the South East – the collected research will form the basis for a suite of practical tools that can be deployed by front line managers to identify and mitigate the effects of WRS. The greater number of surveys collected in Ireland will contribute to the development of approaches and tools that are more relevant to the Irish workplace.

Given this, it would be much appreciated if you could complete this survey and distribute to other colleagues and staff members for their input, by clicking on the link below – the data will be saved anonymously and analysed by our scientific partners.

The results of the survey will be available to all participants, and the approaches and training tools will be further disseminated by the Chamber through a series of workshops and seminars. Following these workshops five organisations will be selected to take part in the field testing of the developed tools – the field tests are funded through the IMPRESS project.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

Take the survey: http://www.ibk.eu/surveys/IMPRESS/Survey(EN).htm

Further details on the survey: http://www.ibk.eu/surveys/IMPRESS/stress_at_work_survey.pdf

 

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