Managing Work-Related Stress Resulting from Conflict, COVID and Other Causes | Useful Resources

Stress, anxiety and mental health have been hot topics in the media throughout the pandemic. Issues such as burnout, workplace conflict and structural changes can take their toll on employees and, if not identified early and dealt with correctly, may over time result in inflated absence levels, a slump in productivity or even employee resignations – all of which come at a huge cost to organisations.

Our free work-related stress resources (available below) aim to equip employers with the guidance, risk assessments and template letters you need to confidently address difficult interpersonal situations.

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During this interactive webinar on Managing Work-Related Stress Resulting from Conflict, COVID and Other Causes, Ellis Whittam’s Regional Health & Safety Manager, Oliver Williams, starts by explaining, in general terms, what health and safety law demands of employers and how to use risk assessments to identify whether stress is work-related. 

Then, in the second half of the session, Healthwork’s Head of Mental Health and Wellbeing, Paul Thorley-Ryder, alongside Healthwork’s Medical Director, James Quigley, share the occupational health strategies you can use to support employees, specifically where the issues have arisen from conflict.

Here’s a breakdown of the agenda:

  • What the law says about managing work-related stress and the HSE’s management standards which all employers need to adhere to;
  • Using risk assessments to identify underlying issues and pinpoint if they are work-related;
  • General wellbeing strategies to implement BEFORE things escalate into conflict;
  • Warning signs and how to respond early (support seeking);
  • Coping with conflict (assertive self-care and using support resources); and
  • Reflective and restorative practice with remedial actions if conflicts persist.

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Resources from the webinar

Employers have a legal duty to protect employees from stress at work by doing a risk assessment and acting on it. As sources of stress vary from person to person, this individual stress risk assessment template is designed to help you identify and manage specific causes. 

Employees off work with stress? Use this template letter to invite them to attend a meeting in order to discuss their situation in more detail.

Access a range of useful Occupational Health resources you can recommend to employees to help them cope with managing work-related stress as a result of workplace conflict.

During the session, we invited you to submit your questions to our expert hosts. We have since collated all submissions and a full list of responses in the below FAQ.


Interested in finding out how Occupational Health can support your organisation?

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