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Stress management

Books, articles and guides on stress management and preventing stress in the workplace.

Featured article

Take a break
The author sets out three ways to exercise self-compassion in the face of setbacks. This is a powerful way to combat stress and sustain your productivity.

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Featured eBook

Successful cross-cultural management: a guide for international managers
(Business Expert Press, 2012)
Discusses the most important challenges when doing international business, including culture shock and emotional stress.

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eBooks

The Library provides full text access to a selection of key business and reference eBooks from leading publishers. eBooks are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users. If you are unable to access an eBook, please see our Help and support advice or contact library@icaew.com.

Balance your life and work

Offers practical advice on how to get the best from your job and still have a life.

Deal with stress: how to improve the way you work

A guide to understanding and managing workplace stress.

Survive office politics: how to steer a course through minefields at work

Handling interpersonal relationships at work.

How people tick: a guide to difficult people and how to manage them

A guide for general readers on dealing with difficult behaviour.

Tackle office nightmares: how to cope with tricky situations and people

Solutions to common office problems.

Terms of use: You are permitted to access, download, copy, or print out content from eBooks for your own research or study only, subject to the terms of use set by our suppliers and any restrictions imposed by individual publishers. Please see individual supplier pages for full terms of use.

Acas guidance

Advice, guidance and practical resources on a wide variety of recruitment topics for both employers and employees, produced by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, Acas. Acas is the employment relations service for England, Scotland and Wales offering practical, independent and impartial advice to employers, employees and their representatives.

Dealing with stress in the workplace

Acas

Acas advice for employers and managers on how to support staff experiencing stress and take steps to reduce the causes of work-related stress.

Managing staff experiencing mental ill health

Acas

Acas advice for managers on how to best support a staff member experiencing mental ill health. Includes information on spotting the signs of mental health problems, how to talk to the team member supportively and how to manage work absences related to mental ill health.

Online articles

The Library provides access to leading business, finance and management journals. These journals are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

Get well SOONER

This article looks at how human resource (HR) professionals can address the problem of long-term sickness absence of employees, examining topics including the emerging culture of presenteeism and its impact to HR professionals trying to manage their workforce's absence levels, cost of long-term sickness to employers in the private sector and mental health as a major cause of long-term sickness.

Take a break

The author sets out three ways to exercise self-compassion in the face of setbacks. This is a powerful way to combat stress and sustain your productivity.

How to beat workplace stress

The article focuses on research on workplace stress and methods of overcoming or preventing stress. It states that in 2016-2017 in Great Britain nearly 49 percent of all working days lost were a result of anxiety, depression, or work-related stress. It comments on the importance of psychological flexibility in workplace performance and mental health, and how it assists in decision making. It reports on a study on the use of acceptance and commitment therapy to improve psychological flexibility.

Managing emotions at work: a case study in resilience training

The article discusses the importance of training to manage emotions within the workplace. Topics mentioned include the employers' responsibility to protect the employees from stress at work, the integration of stress management training to manage the emotional content of interactions and the use of formal and informal interventions to manage stress such as wellness programmes.

Take mental health seriously

Article offers ten steps for a less stressful workplace

Everybody's got the right to be happy

Why are so many professionals unhappy in their jobs? The author highlights three important factors: ambition, doing what’s expected of us, and overwork. All of these are harmful when taken to extremes. Employees should use their emotional intelligence to understand the psychological traps they are prone to.

Banishing burnout

Article looks at 'How to manage the burdens of stress and overwork in an era of unreasonable expectations' HR professionals share their tips for helping employees address the stress of being asked to do more with less.

Show work related stress unhappiness the door in 2017

The article offers tips to deal with work-related stress and improve job satisfaction. Topics discussed include the relation between the happiness of the employees and their productivity, the views of Eugenio Proto of the University of Warwick on it, and the impact that job involvement has on a person..

Stress avoidance

The article discusses how organizations can take primary-level interventions to deter stress among employees. A stress policy is demonstrates the organization's approach to stress and explains what processes are in place to achieve it. Organizations should also put together a prevention strategy to identify the their long-term approach to stress..

Stress: cause and effect

The article discusses how occupational psychology focuses on stress management in a reactive capacity, by attempting to deal with the effects of stress and minimize its impact. Psychological wellbeing can safeguard against stress, acting as a preventative measure, and helps to instil a sense of purpose in individuals..

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Useful links

Take comfort with CABA
The Chartered Accountants' Benevolent Association offers free, confidential and independent support services 24 hours a day.

CABA: Wellbeing
Tips and advice from CABA on how to maintain your work-life balance, stay healthy and build resilience to stress.

Stress-busting tips for students
A certain level of stress may well help you perform better during your exams. The key is to control your stress levels so that they're not too high - this CABA post provides some ideas to help.

Work related stress
Guidance from the Health and Safety Executive for preventing and dealing with stress in the workplace.

Mental health and stress in accountancy
Feature from Economia Online in October 2015 looking at how the Big Four firms approach stress management at work.

Struggling with stress?
Guidance and advice from NHS Choices. Includes information on recognising your stress triggers and 10 stress busting tactics.

Articles and books in the Library collection

Selected articles

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Fighting the black dog
Practical Audit and Accounting, March 2014, p.61-63
There is a growing incidence of mental ill health, including stress, depression and anxiety, across the whole accountancy profession. The article discusses responses to the problem, including Deloitte's appointment of a 'mental health and personal resilience adviser'.

A healthy state of mind
Pay and Benefits, July 2013, p.30-32.  
Extended periods of sickness leave are a problem for businesses and individuals. The author discusses the role of wellbeing benefits in the workplace, and describes how employers can reintegrate employees with mental health problems.

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