Stress Indicator Tool (SIT)

The Stress Indicator Tool is available for free to pilot for a maximum of 50 employees.




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Disclaimer: The stats quoted in this video were accurate at time of creation. See HSE website for most up-to-date stress statistics.


What is the Stress Indicator Tool?

The Stress Indicator Tool is an online survey designed to gather data anonymously from employees, which can be used in the risk assessment element of HSE's Management Standards approach. Obtaining and understanding this information helps identify areas to improve to prevent and manage work-related stress.

The reporting functionality is automated, so you don't have to spend time collating data or inputting the results manually. This helps avoid data entry errors, making the information collected more accurate and reliable. The report then summarises the views and experiences of employees and provides recommendations for future improvements.


Benefits of using Stress Indicator Tool

  • Exclusive benchmarking data to see how you are performing against the industry average.
  • Intuitive system that reduces admin time and resources used.
  • Survey available in multiple language templates.
  • Options to customise - add branding, write a personalised introduction, choose appropriate demographic questions and tailor the terminology to reflect your workplace.
  • Automatic analysis of the responses generates a summary report of the results and provides recommendations to address identified issues.
  • Directly focus and compare results against departments, job roles, locations, age etc.
  • Functionality to create bespoke reports to highlight potential priority areas.
  • Access to a wealth of HSE resources.

Home and Hybrid working tool

An additional set of questions designed to gather data on stress, anxiety and depression of workers that work partly or fully from home.

It has been developed in collaboration with the University of Hull that can be used alongside the Health and Safety Executive's Stress Indicator Tool (SIT). This is to take account of significant changes to working practices, including technological innovations that have altered the ways people work.

There have been no changes to the original Stress Indicator Tool (SIT). The purpose of the additional question set is to explore stress risks that are of most relevance in the context of modern working practices, and to understand how these might be related to mental health outcomes.

  • Identify what factors are affecting these types of workers:
    • Demands - workload, work patterns and the work environment.
    • Control - how much say the person has in the way they do their work.
    • Peer Support - encouragement, sponsorship and resources provided by colleagues.
    • Management Support - encouragement, sponsorship and resources provided by the organisation and line management.
    • Relationships - positive working to avoid conflict and dealing with unacceptable behaviour.
    • Change - how organisational change (large or small) is managed and communicated in the organisation.
    • Work/Home Interface - explore risks associated with balancing work and home when working remotely.
    • Monitoring - explore concerns about being closely monitored.
  • Analyse results based on the proportion of working time from home.

More detail:

An optional extra for organisations who employ home and hybrid workers that spend part or all their time working at home.

The home and hybrid working tool has been developed as a diagnostic tool to assess risks that have been found to be present amongst home and hybrid workers. It has been developed on the basis of rigorous qualitative research that explored stress risk for nearly 300 hybrid workers in varied roles from four public sector organisations. It was then developed further through testing of the scale's psychometric properties using data from over 3,000 workers in the public sector. This sample included office-based, site-based, community-based, home-based, and hybrid workers. The tool demonstrates good reliability and validity, and benchmarks have been developed from the public sector sample. Private sector benchmarks will be developed as the tool evolves.

White papers:

White Paper - Future Work Design (PDF) (opens in new window)link opens in a new window

Home and Hybrid Working Tool - User Guidance (PDF) (opens in new window)link opens in a new window


Free v Premium version


The tool is available either for free or as an enhanced premium version. The table below provides an outline of the differences between the two options:

Stress Indicator ToolFree Premium
GDPR CompliantYesYes
Fully Secure ISO27001 (data stored in the UK)YesYes
SurveyFree Premium
Fully Accessible versionYesYes
Suggested control measures based on scoresYesYes
Survey mobile compatible via browserYesYes
Survey via mobile app (offline mode) -Yes
Organisational set demographicsYesYes
Personalisation including company logo YesYes
Total number of employees50Licence size
Administration portalFree Premium
Set up multiple assessments -Yes
Set up organisational demographicsYesYes
Shared and linked accounts -Yes
Ability to download raw data -Yes
Auto reportFree Premium
Auto report with priority/focus areas YesYes
Ability to filter auto reports by demographics Yes (minimum of 10 responses required)Yes (minimum of 10 responses required)
Ability to download and share auto reportsYesYes
Home and Hybrid working toolFree Premium
Measures stress risks for home and hybrid workersAdd-onAdd-on

Free Stress Indicator Tool

Free Stress Indicator Tool (1-50 licence).
By signing up you accept the terms and conditions (PDF)

For help creating an account and setting up your survey visit our help page.


Premium Stress Indicator Tool


The Stress Indicator Tool remains available for free to organisations who want to use the tool for a maximum of 50 employees. For those organisations who require a larger licence, the following applies:

No. of Workers Year 1
subscription fee
Annual Charge for each consecutive year
up to 50FREEFREE
51-100£735£105
101-250£1,260£210
251-500£1,525£265
501-1,000£1,785£315
1,001-2,500£2,835£525
2,501-5,000£4,935£945
5,001-10,000£8,085£1,575
10,000+Price on-requestPrice on-request

The prices outlined allow administrative and user rights to the Stress Indicator Tool (all prices are excluding VAT). The initial cost includes system set up and configuration and the first year of support and maintenance. Licence permits use of the tool according to the appropriate number of people employed by the organisation. Should the number of employees increase, or you wish to expand the licence to cover other parts of the organisation, you will be required to upgrade to the next band.


Home and Hybrid working tool (pricing)

The prices outlined allow administrative and user rights to the Stress Indicator Tool (all prices are excluding VAT) and the additional costs for the option add-ons (including home and hybrid working). The initial cost includes system set up and configuration and the first year of support and maintenance. Licence permits use of the tool according to the appropriate number of people employed by the organisation. Should the number of employees increase, or you wish to expand the licence to cover other parts of the organisation, you will be required to upgrade to the next band.

Note: The hybrid and home working survey requires an existing license to the Stress Indicator Tool and cannot be used independently.

No. of Workers Year 1
subscription fee
Annual Charge for each consecutive yearYear 1
hybrid working survey
Annual Charge for each consecutive year
up to 50FREEFREE£65£30
51-100£735£105£220£30
101-250£1,260£210£380£65
251-500£1,525£265£460£80
501-1,000£1,785£315£540£95
1,001-2,500£2,835£525£850£160
2,501-5,000£4,935£945£1,480£285
5,001-10,000£8,085£1,575£2,425£475
10,000+Price on-requestPrice on-requestPrice on-requestPrice on-request


To enquire or purchase the tool

Confirm the licence size you require per year and contact us for an official quote:

email: hseorders@tso.co.uk

tel: +44 (0)1603 972959


Why should employers invest in mental health interventions?

A recent report from Deloitte shows a complex but positive case for employers to invest in the mental health of their employees, with an average return of £5 for every £1 spent (5:1). However, there is a large spread of potential returns from 0.4:1 up to nearly 11:1. Interventions with the highest returns tend to focus on preventative large scale initiatives, and on using technology or diagnostics to tailor support for those most in need.

Read full report


Case Study: 11% Improvement in Stress Sickness Absence

Scottish Power Energy Retail is an international energy company focused on growth, safety and service. They are one of the UK's top customer service suppliers of gas and electricity with around 5.2 million customers. The organisation recently took a dynamic and systematic approach to reducing work-related stress, as they realised the many benefits of doing so. Working in partnership with HSE they were able to improve their sickness absences by 11%.

Read full case study here


Related Information


SIT Terms and Conditions (PDF)

White Paper (PDF)

FAQs

Existing customer login

Example SIT report

Example SIT report with Add-ons



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