Stress Management Competencies

Supporting managers to protect and promote wellbeing at work

Stress is the leading cause of absence in the workplace. One of the best ways to manage stress is to improve manager skills to deal with it. With 20 years of global research behind it, one of our strongest tools is the Management Competencies for Preventing and Reducing Stress. Based on an extensive research project conducted in collaboration with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD), this framework of behaviours has been shown to effectively reduce stress and improve wellbeing in organisations around the world.

The behaviours show that managing stress isn't an extra activity for managers, but something that can be part of everyday activity.

We use these competencies, and the specific behaviours within them, as part of training, coaching programmes and to create feedback reports. Our research demonstrates that managers can develop these competencies with training and upward feedback and that this makes a positive difference to wellbeing in the workplace.

To learn more about the evidence base of our management competencies, read our review of the research

The development of the stress management competencies was funded by the HSE, CIPD and our Research Consortium

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