What is stress? HSE defines stress as ‘the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them’. Employees feel stress when they can’t cope with pressures and other issues. Employers should match demands to employees’ skills and knowledge. For example, employees can get stressed if they feel they don’t have the skills or time to meet tight deadlines. Providing planning, training and support can reduce pressure and bring stress levels down. Stress affects people differently – what stresses one person may not affect another. Factors like skills and experience, age or disability may all … Continue reading STRESS AT WORK


Listening to music is key to reducing stress and improving productivity, a global study has found. The survey found that when people listened to their favourite song, 75 per cent felt lower stress. Two thirds of people also said listening to music made them feel healthier than without music, while 61 per cent said it made them feel more confident at the gym. And the survey found music was more effective than coffee in helping people get work done: with respondents saying music improved productivity by 50 per cent or more. The study was carried out by Dr Daniel Müllensiefen, a music … Continue reading MUSIC KEY IN REDUCING STRESS