INRS launches an awareness-raising campaign on psycho-social risks
Psycho-social risks: talking to feel better. Moving past misconceptions to find solutions
INRS is launching a new awareness-raising campaign for employees, companies and prevention institutions, to support efforts to prevent psycho-social risks.
The world of work is changing: tasks are becoming increasingly complex, rest times are shortened, work environments are creating more individualised work and more demanding requirements. Paying attention to psycho-social risks, stress, burn-out, violence and harassment has become imperative.
- In France, 35% of employees identify three factors which make it difficult for them to perform their work;
- 57% say their pace of work is determined by an external request requiring an immediate response;
- 27% say they are subject to constant inspection and monitoring by their superiors;
- 56% say they have to stop a task to perform another, unexpected one; 44% say this disturbs them in their work;
- 36% say they cannot adjust set deadlines in order to complete their work (Source: 2010 SUMER study. Dares Analyses, March 2012, No. 023, in French).
In 2016, INRS launched a new awareness-raising campaign on psycho-social risks, for which it published handbooks, brochures and a series of posters. The campaign targeted employees and managers (directors, executives, human resources staff) and strove to meet three goals:
- Encourage employees to speak out about psycho-social risks and direct them to prevention professionals in their sphere.
- Provide managers with tools to understand and help prevent psycho-social risks.
- Draw the attention of employees and managers to psycho-social risks by addressing seven misconceptions surrounding the issue:
- A bit of stress is a good source of motivation
- Psycho-social risks aren’t serious
- Stress is part of the job
- Stress is all in your head
- Psycho-social risks aren’t the company’s problem
- Not talking about psycho-social risks keeps the problem at bay
- Stress at work is always the boss’s fault.
A series of posters debunks the misconceptions surrounding psycho-social risks to encourage discussion, reflection and preventative approaches within enterprises.
The tone used in the publications is deliberately positive to ensure that psycho-social risks are no longer a taboo issue in enterprises.