Estyn’s Policy and Guidance for Managing Stress and Wellbeing in the Workplace


Estyn values each of our employees and the contribution they make to our work. We realise that stress and stress-related symptoms can prevent people from performing to the best of their ability and can affect their general health and wellbeing.

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Estyn aims to:

  • provide a healthy work environment where workplace stress is identified and avoided, where possible;
  • provide an open, supportive culture which promotes personal wellbeing, where those affected by stress are encouraged to discuss problems and possible solutions constructively and where managers and staff work together to identify and prevent stress in the workplace;
  • consider the potential impact on personal wellbeing of organisational changes such as redesigning roles, changing the work environment;
  • work closely with managers, staff and trade unions to promote wellbeing and to reduce stress in the workplace; and
  • ensure that adequate resources are provided to support the policy and promote staff wellbeing. This includes training and access to external support services (e.g. counselling and occupational health) as appropriate.

This policy applies to all permanent employees of Estyn, seconded and temporary staff regardless of their age, gender, gender identity, disability, race, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation or marital status, responsibilities for dependants, working patterns (such as the need, or desire, to work part-time hours) or other irrelevant considerations. It does not form part of the contract of employment.