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Chapter 1: Introduction > Work-Related Stress and the Line Manager

Work-Related Stress and the Line Manager

Throughout this book we examine the line manager's role in the management of stress and the promotion of a positive work environment. Research has consistently identified the line manager as playing a pivotal role in the stress equation. The relevant research is condensed in this section to provide an overview of the important role line managers take in determining how an organization manages stress.

The line manager can influence employee stress by:

  • causing (or preventing) stress by the way they behave towards their staff;
  • influencing the impact of the work environment (demands, control etc) on their staff;
  • identifying, monitoring and working to reduce work-related stress through the uptake of risk assessments; and

  

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