Waterford Chamber have been invited by the European Union to partake in a funded research project focused on identifying stress factors and developing tools that can be used to tackle the issue at organisational level. Work-related stress (WRS) is the second most common work-related health problem, after back pain, affecting 28% of EU workers.
This project, called IMPRESS, is funded by the Erasmus+ Program, KA2-Knowledge Alliances. There is a large research element to it, which is conducted by our scientific partners, University of Barcelona, Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, and Riga Technical University.
As part of our development strategy, Waterford Chamber & Skillnet are working with this network of business organisations and universities to develop practical solutions for a variety of business issues affecting our members and the SE region in general. One such project is the IMPRESS Study relating to Stress Management.
These networks have been set-up to take advantage of EU sponsored programmes in the area of Knowledge Alliance and Exchange of Best Practice that can provide educational and training programmes relevant to European wide issues such as WRS etc.
One of our roles in the IMPRESS Project is to assist our scientific partners in collection of relevant research data from our members and extended networks across the South East – this research will form the basis for a suite of practical tools that can be deployed by front line managers to identify and mitigate the effects of WRS.
Click here to complete this survey – the data will be saved anonymously and analysed by our scientific partners, so please distribute this survey to all members of staff or business related networks of which you may be a member.
The results of the survey will be available to all participants and the approaches and training tools will be further disseminated by the Chamber through a series of workshops and seminars. Following these workshops five organisations will be selected to take part in the testing of the developed tools – these tests are funded through the IMPRESS project.