Work Positive

Last reviewed on 24/01/2013 17:59

When managing safety and health in the workplace it can be useful to get feedback from staff on their health needs and risks to safety and health at work. The Work Positive Survey is designed to support workplaces to do this using evidence based surveys. By using this survey manager you are also helping to create population wide trends which:

  • provides employers with useful benchmark data so they can compare their workplace with others of similar size or sector
  • provides the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives with useful information about the most common health needs and risks at work so that we can continue to support employers and employees across Scotland to reduce risks and improve the health of our nation. We do this by providing advice, practical tools and services to employers across Scotland.

Health and Safety Executive: Five Steps to Risk Assessment

  • The Five Steps to Risk Assessment (PDF: 114KB) (external link) is one of Health and Safety Executive's recommended stress risk assessments.
  • It incorporates the HSE Stress Indicator Tool (first 35 questions in the Work Positive survey) to allow you to benchmark your results against data held by HSE.
  • You can compare your results against other workplaces of similar sector and size.
  • It includes monitoring questions that provide baseline data on the impact of pressure at work in your workplace (for example impact on sickness absence, morale and performance).
  • You can set up the survey to provide results for your whole workplace as well as results for individual departments, locations and/or roles. This allows you to identify hotspots and target your resources where they are most needed.
  • Support to carry out the risk management process can be provided by your local Healthy Working Lives Adviser. You can also access free Work Positive stress risk management training courses to help you to plan and implement the process.