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Stratford-Upon-Avon College management plan HSE workload assessment following UCU branch survey

30 January 2009

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Work levels appeared to be having an adverse effect on teaching staff at Stratford-upon-Avon College during the autumn term after branch officers received numerous approaches from stressed members.

The college's own stress management policy states: 'As a good employer, the college wishes to promote the physical and mental well-being of its staff. The college aims to ensure that the health of its employees is not placed at risk through excessive and sustained levels of stress arising from the way work is organised, the way people interact with each other at work, or from the day to day demands placed on the college's workforce.', and identifies 'work organisation and conditions e.g. job insecurity, workload, lack of support, reluctance to request holidays or take sick leave or similar' as possible sources of stress.

A branch meeting in November 2008 passed a motion calling on the college to produce an effective work-life balance policy and resolved to carry out a survey of work-related-stress survey; the results fully support members concerns.

As a result, college management has now agreed to carry out HSE workload assessment and has issued its own survey to both teaching and non-teaching staff.

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