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HSE Line Managers Talking Tool Kit

Stress affects us all at different times and in different ways. It can cause people to feel physically unwell, can cause mental health problems and can make existing problems worse.

HSE Talking Toolkit

It's important to remember that it's not a line manager's job to diagnose or treat stress, whatever its cause. If an employee is having problems, it's important that they get help as soon as possible.

The Health and Safety Executive have developed a talking toolkit to assist line managers in discussing concerns with staff and implementing controls to support staff who may be experiencing difficulties at work: 

The law requires all employers to assess the risk of work-related stress and to put steps in place to tackle those risks. Line managers can play an important role in helping to implement these measures and there are many tools, resources and guides available to help employers in deciding what these measures should be.

This toolkit is designed to help line managers hold initial conversations with employees in order to prevent work-related stress. By taking action line managers can help create a more engaged, healthy workforce, boost productivity and save money.

Further detail on the Council's Employee Mental Well-Being Policy, Strategy and Framework can be found on the Staff Intranet, My HR Services, Policies, Procedures and Guidance: