Hello, my name is ***** ***** it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. Who initiated the meeting - you or the employer?
What would your ideal outcome be in this situation?
I wish to continue to work in this department. I love my job but there need to be more staff for me to be able to do my job without getting stressed.
The area in which I work can be a very emotional area as we are dealing with worried parents and poorly children. I do not fine this work stressful in the least altho some people might. I love the work and love seeing parents relax and little ones get the attention they need.
ok thanks let me get my response ready please
Whilst stress in the workplace is becoming an ever-increasing problem, no specific legislation deals with it. The rights of employees in these circumstances are scattered across various legislation and common law examples.
A good starting point is to look at The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and related statutory instruments, which impose a general duty on employers to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all their employees. This includes a duty to undertake risk assessments and manage activities to reduce the incidence of stress at work. In addition, under common law an employer owes a duty of care towards its employees, the breach of which can amount to negligence.
I know that you are not looking at making any claim against the employer, at least not yet anyway, so I will not discuss the options of claiming unless you want me to. However, the above is the argument you need to raise with them in relation to the current situation and remind them that they have a duty to keep stress levels at minimum. If needed you also have the option of raising a formal grievance with the employer which is an internal complaint used to raise any concerns you have about the situation.
Do I state today if I wish to raise a formal grievance or should I see occupational health first and then would they take up the grievance?
Thank you Ben for your help. I feel a lot calmer now and will follow your advice. I will attend my meeting today and then speak with OH if I need to.
The meeting I have to attend has been called forward so I have to go. Thank you for your help.