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17th October 2018 at 12:00 pm


Half Day Seminar

Institution of Civil Engineers, London, One Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AA

Major projects are risky places to work. Engineering, construction and defence projects always include physical risks, which can be magnified by the location of the site. Our understanding of the psychological impact of stress on an employee motivation, performance and physical health is growing and, whilst transformation projects may not pose the same risk of physical injury, the pressurised environment, often tight timescales or resource constraints can generate dangerous levels of stress, particularly if sustained.

Creating and managing a workable wellbeing policy is complex. It needs to recognise the nature of major projects and the need for employees to perform under pressure and in difficult physical environments such as high-stress air traffic control or military tours of duty. It also needs to take into account the baseline culture of many of our projects where people might be reluctant to seek support for mental health due to a perceived stigma.

This Major Projects Association seminar will hear how different high-stress organisations have used a variety of techniques to manage their projects in ways which minimize the negative impact upon their teams. The panel session will ask how we can make a concerted effort to change long established industry practice for the better. The panellists will offer personal insights into the challenges as well as some hard evidence from very recent research undertaken by the University of Southampton.

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