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Workload and Stress

Rising workloads - linked to job and funding cuts and the increasing intensity of work in post-16 education - are a growing problem. UCU is committed to campaigning to control workloads and tackle performance management strategies and occupational stress and bullying in the sector.


UCU anti-stress & bullying week: 17-21 November


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The workload campaign uses the results for individual colleges and universities of our biennial occupational stress survey to highlight particular areas of concern related to stress and workload, and to encourage local negotiation with employers to tackle these issues.

This includes:

  • publication of the stress survey results by FE college and HE institution relating to workload demands and hours of work
  • publication of the stress survey results by FE college and HE institution relating to bullying
  • publication of the stress survey results on control and managerial support at work, with individual FEC and HEI data
  • publication of data on stress and workload in prisons.

We also hold a UCU anti-stress and bullying week which is a focus for raising awareness and an opportunity to include these issues in local campaigning and joint negotiations, and have launched the 'Workload is an Education Issue' campaign in FE and HE, with the support of the National Union of Students


Stress poster slideshow : Stress poster slideshowAs well as posters and stickers to help publicise 'UCU Anti-stress and Bullying Week', we also have leaflets for staff on what to do if you're experiencing problems at work with either stress or bullying - find these resources below.


Robust management or bullying?

Some employers accused of bullying often claim that it isn't bullying, it is simply a robust managerial approach; and that in an academic environment, staff should be able to deal with that by argument and debate. This simple questionnaire should help you test if your employer is a bully or merely 'robust':  (.doc) file type icon Robust management style or bullying? (.doc) [131kb]


Campaign materials

 (.pdf) file type icon Download the poster publicising the week of action (.pdf) [2.3Mb]

 (.pdf) file type icon 'Ban bullying in education' leaflet (.pdf) [108kb]

 (.pdf) file type icon 'Workplace stress' leaflet (.pdf) [86kb]

 (.pdf) file type icon 'Workplace stress' poster - pressure gauge (.pdf) [358kb]

 (.pdf) file type icon 'Workplace stress' poster - head in hand (.pdf) [405kb]

 (.pdf) file type icon 'Workplace stress' poster - blood pressure (.pdf) [114kb]

 (.pdf) file type icon 'Workplace stress' poster - pile of papers (.pdf) [203kb]

 (.pdf) file type icon 'Workplace stress' poster - with doctor (.pdf) [108kb]

 (.pdf) file type icon 'Stress is a workplace hazard' sticker (.pdf) [20kb]

 'Workplace violence - don't ignore it' poster - male (.pdf) [74kb]

 Bullies are a workplace hazard - poster (.pdf) [122kb]

 Cyber-bullying is a workplace hazard - poster (.pdf) [77kb]

 Staff notice: this is no place for... - poster (.pdf) [151kb]

 No entry for bullies - poster (.pdf) [65kb]

 No entry for bullies - poster 2 (.pdf) [90kb]

 'Workplace violence - don't ignore it' poster - female (.pdf) [67kb]

Information

A copy of the England FE national agreement on workloads can be found at

 (.doc) file type icon Guidance on regulating working hours in further education colleges, Nov 09 (England) (.doc) [275kb]

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