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Job stress is difficult to prove

Job stress is difficult to prove The issue of work-related stress and other psychosocial or health risks has become a topic of recent times. The Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic proposes an amendment to the Labor Code, which foresees that companies will have to prevent stress in their jobs. But how can the ministry have to prevent firms from avoiding stress and how can employees demonstrate work-related stress? And how does the company prove it has taken steps to prevent such situations?

The Labor Code and Act 309 of 2006, which amend the requirements and ensure health and safety at work in labor relations, are being prepared by the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs. According to Minister Michaela Marks, the company has to order companies to prevent staff stress .

The employer is now obliged to create a healthy and secure environment for employees. Likewise, every employee is co-responsible for his work. Educational company MgC, which, among other things, also teaches occupational safety issues in companies, says that if we do all the rules, sanity will disappear. This will not be beneficial either for employees or for employers.

"We understand the novels prepared by the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs. Strengthening the protection and position of employees is certainly a good direction. But companies and employees must realize that work-related stress and stress-induced personal lives can only be a thin line. Demonstrating that work-related stress is indeed a problem is very difficult. Most employers are concerned about proposed changes to the legislation. Occupational stress could be an excuse for those who do not want to work, " said Pavel Kolínský, an OSH specialist, for MgC.

Stress is a magnitude and a very individual matter. The same causes from the outside can lead to different levels of stress for everyone. Determining the responsibility of companies for the measure (proposed, adopted) is difficult according to MgC. What one employee perceives well, the other can perceive very differently. However, current standards and limits do not take into account individuals' individuality, individual abilities and resilience.
Health care facilities can only be professionally assessed and recognized as occupational disease. In addition, stress or depression does not appear in the list of occupational diseases .

Government interventions do not cost businesses even when working from home. The amendment is to deal with the so-called home office, where the employee can perform his / her work at home. Even this employee 'benefit', however, wants companies to set up themselves with their employees. And employees appreciate if they have this option.

"Employees are confused and do not know exactly how to deal with individual regulations and proposals. As a rule, each company already has internal rules governing both the employee and the employer. The rules are all clear. Further criticism from the state is therefore criticizing both sides, " says Pavel Kolínský.

"The positivum that this discussion brings is the increased awareness of companies about the safety of work. There are still many companies that do not pay enough attention to the issue of occupational safety. Typically, the management will provide a supervisor with a one-off job, which prevents employees from legislating and ends. From experience, we know that more than pedagogical, it has a greater sense of andragogic approach. So focus on the individuality of each employee, his responsibilities and competencies. Each job class has its own specifics, so the individual approach is in place, "
says Kolínský. Companies also know which employee is reliable and responsible and can be more easily consulted on other options. However, according to Cologne, the employee must also lead towards accountability and his position in a reasonable manner.

Source: tz, edited editorially

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