Burnt Chef Project releases new guide

By Rebecca Weller

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Work-related stress: Burnt Chef Project announces new guide to help employers tackle stress in the work-place
Work-related stress: Burnt Chef Project announces new guide to help employers tackle stress in the work-place

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The Burnt Chef Project has released a new Work-Related Stress Guide, designed to provide insight to employers and leaders on how they can start to strategically tackle stress within their place of work.

According to the HSE Work-Related Stress Report, in 2020 and 2021 stress, depression and anxiety accounted for 50% of all work-related ill health cases, with the main factor cited by respondents being workload pressure, including tight deadlines and too much responsibility with a lack of managerial support.

The Burnt Chef Project CEO Kris Hall said "Our industry is facing more pressures​ than ever before, yet we’re not always equipped to deal with the issues​ this may bring to individuals within our team.

Assist employers  

“We’ve developed this publication to assist employers and persons with duties under Occupational Health and Safety laws to comply with those laws in relation to work-related stress.”

Defined as an acute or ongoing state of exhaustion leading to physical, mental, or emotional exhaustion, work-related stress can impact a person’s health and increases the chance of workplace injuries occurring as well as reducing performance and productivity.

This comes as a recent survey​ conducted by the Morning Advertiser (MA) ​found more than 70% of licensees were coping with the stress of not expecting their businesses to survive through the winter months amid ongoing pressures from soaring operating costs.

Wellbeing and performance 

Hall added: “With work-related stress affecting such a high proportion of our team's wellbeing, it’s time to put the resources in place to support our team's wellbeing and arm our managers with the tools they need to help their staff thrive, not just survive.

“Our free guide has been compiled with information, knowledge and expertise within the field of hospitality workplace wellbeing and is designed to help employers start implementing procedures to tackle work-related stress and its impact on both wellbeing and performance”.

Further details about the guide and a downable free copy can be found here​.

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