A psychosocial hazard is anything in the design or management of work that causes stress. Stress is the physical, mental and emotional reaction a person has when we perceive the demands of their work exceed their ability or resources to cope. Work-related stress if prolonged or severe can cause both psychological and physical injury.
For many people, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced and increased a range of psychosocial hazards in the workplace, at a time when a range of other non-work related psychosocial risks are also occurring (uncertainty about future employment, social isolation etc.).
Workplaces must take a PROACTIVE approach to mental health in the workplace rather than a REACTIVE approach.
You should manage psychosocial risks in the same way as physical risks.
Focus on contributing factors
Do not solely focus on treating symptoms - look at the contributing factors to poor mental health in the workplace.
Address different risk levels
Different approaches to care (types of support and assistance) are required for different groups of people - we all vary in mental health vulnerability.
Engage the population
Actively engage everyone in the workplace with psychological wellbeing.