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Importance of early intervention


​​Why is early intervention important?

Identifying workplace stressors and implementing interventions during the early phases lessen the harmful effects and provide support to employees to cope with stressful situations. Below are some intervention strategies that employers can consider:

Table 1: Intervention strategies


Primary Intervention

Secondary Intervention

Tertiary Intervention


Prevent harm by managing workplace psychosocial risks

Manage stress by increasing worker’s coping skills

Detect and support employees suffering from stress and burnout


Develop skills to build resilience, job design and workload management

Stress management training

Employee-assistance programmes e.g. short-term counselling

Source: Adapted from European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound); European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA). 2014. Psychosocial risks in Europe: Prevalence and strategies for prevention. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union.

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