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CIPD conference aims to give practical help to manage stress

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is holding a 'Stress and the Role of Line Managers' conference on, 21 March 2007 to launch new CIPD/Health and Safety Executive (HSE) research that the CIPD says will demonstrate the central role that line managers play in managing stress.

According to CIPD research, the most effective support for stress comes from line managers - employees, for example, who feel their line mangers support them, suffer fewer negative effects of stress.

The CIPD says the conference will highlight the key behaviours that managers need to adopt to tackle stress and explore practical solutions that prevent stress at work.

The behaviours identified will include managing an employee's workload, allowing employee feedback and providing development opportunities. Dr Joanna Yarker, lecturer in occupational psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London will lead a seminar at the conference examining a manager's role in tackling stress and introducing the competency framework for stress management.

Ben Willmott, CIPD'S employee relations adviser said: "Managing stress at work is to a large extent simply about good people management. Line managers must set clear objectives for individuals in their team, communicate with clarity, consult and provide plenty of feedback about performance - including praise. They must also spend time coaching and developing members of their team.

"This research will help organisations ensure that their line managers are aware of how their behaviours impact on the individuals they manage and enable them to create work cultures where people are able to and want to perform to their full potential."

The CIPD's 'Stress and the Role of the Line Manager' conference will also include seminars from:

* Chris Rowe, Health and Safety Executive and Ben Willmott, Adviser, CIPD on 'What is Stress at Work?'

* Nick Hine, Thomas Eggar and Emma Donaldson-Feilder, Affinity Health at Work on 'Creating a Case for Managing Stress at Work'

* Chris Rowe, Martin Walsh, Somerset County Council, Emma Donaldson-Feilder, and Helen Jackson, Prudential Plc will hold a panel discussion with feedback from lunchtime discussions

* John Hamilton, Bradford & Bingley, Ian Brandwood, West Yorkshire Probation Service on 'Applying Stress Management to Leadership and Training Programmes'

* Dr Adrian Chojnacki, GlaxoSmithKline and Alec Jessel, Investors in People UK on 'Incorporating Stress Management into a Well-being Strategy'

The CIPD's 'Stress and the Role of Line Managers' conference takes place on 21 March 2007 at Novotel London West. For further conference details, visit the CIPD website:

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