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Work PositiveCI is brought to you by the State Claims Agency (SCA), the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Network Ireland and is supported by Wellhub. It is a FREE easy to use, innovative, confidential, psychosocial risk management process. It provides feedback on workplace stress, employee psychological wellbeing and critical incident exposure in the workplace. It delivers structured guidance enabling organisations to develop an action plan to mitigate against these stressors. Work PositiveCI will help you:


  • Identify psychosocial risks and opportunities across your workforce.
  • Comply with current health and safety legislation.
  • Develop an effective health and wellbeing action plan.
  • Improve employee engagement and performance.


It is easy to administer, completely confidential, and produces results. There is no software to download, the survey takes ten to fifteen minutes to complete, you can access results anywhere and the survey is free! Work PositiveCI is based around a simple four stage approach.



Build a business case, secure commitment and establish your steering group.


Identify risk and opportunity within your workplace using our free survey tools.


Explore and prioritise the key actions, develop your action plan.


Review progress and revitalise your Action Plan.

Driving positive change with your survey results is easy.  Confidential management reports identify risk areas and ways to improve employee wellbeing, enabling focused action to be taken. This can lead to high impact results, such as reductions in sickness absence and increased employee motivation.


What does it measure?

Depending on the version you choose to run, Work PositiveCI measures workplace stressors, employee psychological wellbeing, and critical incident exposure.


Workplace stressors

As part of the Work PositiveCI initiative, the HSA has adopted and adapted the UK HSE’s Management Standards approach.  The Management Standards approach requires managers, employees and their representatives to work together to improve certain areas of work, described in the Standards, which will have a positive effect on psychological risk, employee wellbeing and performance. These six areas are:


  • The Demands of people’s jobs, such as workload, working patterns and the work environment.
  • The amount of Control individuals have at work, or how much say they have over the way they do their work
  • The Support employees receive from their line manager (Manager Support) and their colleagues (Peer Support).
  • How well Relationships are functioning in the workplace, including prevention of bullying and harassment, managing conflict and ensuring positive relationships.
  • How clear people are about their Role within their workplace.
  • How well Change is managed and communicated in the workplace.


Psychological wellbeing

The wellbeing index is created through a combination of two validated tools, the PHQ4 and the WHO-5 Well-being Index. These tools are combined to create a ‘traffic light’ summary score to represent ‘positive mental health’ (Green), ‘low distress and reasonable wellbeing’ (Amber), and ‘high distress and low quality of life’ (Red).


Exposure to Critical Incidents

While there are many stressors that are common to most workplaces, there are some that are specific to each job type. The Work PositiveCI survey contains CISM sectorial specific audit questions for individual participants to indicate the frequency and scale of experiences of critical incidents encountered within their job and the types of support measures that may be most helpful.