Organization of Work: StressLess7

Workers putting puzzle pieces together

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Content Area(s)

  • Job control
  • Management style
  • Organizational culture or climate
  • Resources (e.g.; infrastructure)
  • Social supports / relations
  • Teamwork
  • Change management
  • Role strain (or uncertainty)
  • Learning support, handling pressure

Instrument Type

Interactive survey for facilitated workgroups

Occupation and Sector Specificity

Occupation(s): Generic

Sector(s): Generic

Name and Size of Work Organization and/or Workplace Psychosocial Measures

Number of items:

Alignment (6 items)

Handling change (6 items)

Handling pressure (6 items)

Learning support (6 items)

Personal autonomy (6 items)

Resources (6 items)

Team practices (6 items)

Other Content Areas Included in the Instrument


Developmental Status of the Instrument

Development completed, and applied in consulting practice in a small number of workplace settings. Further refinements are not planned, but these may follow further application or emergence of new research into workplace stress.


Original: English

Other: No

Reliability and Validity Information (or Relevant Citation)

StressLess7 was designed as a practical interactive survey tool for engaging and facilitating work groups. It maps group experience and provides a vocabulary so groups can rapidly identify and diagnose common job stressors affecting working conditions, devise practical solutions, then repeat the process over time in a plan-act-learn-improve cycle. The interactive survey method has been in use for consulting purposes since 1996. The StressLess7 survey has not been evaluated as a quantitative workplace survey as the method is qualitative and geared to support group inquiry and decision making in a specific work context. In consulting practice, the survey wording may be varied (customised) to fit the language, culture and work context of particular client groups.

Selected Reference

No citations

Accessibility of the Instrument

Registration Required

User Fees

The StressLess7 survey contents and user guide can be viewed free at Full package with software platform and manual for interactive group sessions is available for a charge. See www. for pricing details.

Where to Obtain a Copy of the Instrument

Electronic copies of the survey format are available from Dr Geoff Sharrock, e-mail: