The European social partners in central government have worked together to produce the first guide to tackling psycho-social risks in the sector. Budget cuts, restructuring, intensification of work, digitalisation and violence at work have all contributed to increasing the pressures on central government workers. The guide proposes a range of measures and above all timely and effective information and consultation in order to address the problem. The guide, summary, background research and video are available in a range of languages.
New joint guide on tackling psycho-social risks
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