Creating low-stress optical practices
- Low-stress guide introduction
- 1. The importance of the optometrist’s role is recognised
- 2. Workloads and work patterns are well-managed
- 3. A comfortable working environment with adequate rest breaks
- 4. Fostering good team relationships
- 5. Openness about change and the need to change
- General advice for employees and employers
In the AOP’s 2017 health and wellbeing survey, we uncovered several factors that contribute to workplace stress for optometrists. In response, we have created a best-practice guide, Creating healthy, low-stress optical practices, to help create workplace environments in which optometrists can thrive.
This short guide summarises our conclusions from the research and from our collaborations with employers, highlighting the five key factors that contribute to a healthy workplace with the minimum levels of stress.
Information on guide distribution and a supporting manager letter, are available on the introduction page of this section.
Our best-practice guide to create a healthy, low-stress optical practices
Understanding the professional responsibilities of optometrists
Managing the caseload of optometrists and delegated functions
Ensuring adequate rest breaks throughout the day
Working together to promote a positive working environment
Explaining changes to working practices to staff in advance
Tips for employers and employees to create low stress practices