Creating low-stress optical practices

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.

Low-stress guide introduction

Our best-practice guide to create a healthy, low-stress optical practices

1. The importance of the optometrist’s role is recognised

Understanding the professional responsibilities of optometrists

2. Workloads and work patterns are well-managed

Managing the caseload of optometrists and delegated functions

3. A comfortable working environment with adequate rest breaks

Ensuring adequate rest breaks throughout the day

4. Fostering good team relationships

Working together to promote a positive working environment

5. Openness about change and the need to change

Explaining changes to working practices to staff in advance

General advice for employees and employers

Tips for employers and employees to create low stress practices