The Health and Safety Executive’s ‘Talking Toolkit’ provides templates for six line-manager/employee conversations for stress prevention

As a workplace mediator, I see successful line-manager/employee conversations as crucial for wellbeing and stress prevention. The Health and Safety Executive‘s (HSE) Talking Toolkit is a helpful resource for getting into the nitty-gritty of discussing the six pillars of positive stress prevention and management:

  • demands
  • control
  • support
  • relationships
  • role
  • change

The HSE puts forward the case for stress prevention, including the legal and the bottom line:

  1. The law requires employers to tackle work-related stress
  2. Tackling stress prevents ill health
  3. Taking action on stress brings business benefits:
    • reduced sickness absence
    • boosted morale
    • improved productivity

The earlier a problem is tackled, the less impact it will have. If you think that an employee is having problems, encourage them to talk to someone, whether it’s their line manager, trade union rep, GP or their occupational health.

The HSE Stress Talking Toolkit helps line managers have constructive stress prevention conversations at any stage. Download it from the HSE website here.  

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HSE Talking Toolkit