Talking with your workers about preventing coronavirus (COVID-19)

Latest advice on keeping workplaces safe from COVID-19

This page is up to date with working safely guidance in England. You can check the most up to date measures on GOV.UK. There are different regulations and guidance for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The latest advice on continuing to keep workplaces safe will help you assess the risks and reduce COVID-19 transmission. This includes links to advice from public health bodies and other government departments on measures not implemented by HSE.

7. Stress, wellbeing and providing support

Mental health and wellbeing

The pandemic has had a significant impact on many people’s mental health. They continue to report very high levels of stress, anxiety and depression.

This means it’s important that you look after your workers’ mental health and wellbeing.

Follow our guidance on stress and mental health

  • Have regular keep-in-touch meetings or calls with your workers
  • Talk openly with workers about the possibility of them becoming stressed or mentally unwell. Our talking toolkit on preventing work-related stress (PDF) will help you have conversations about raising worries or who people can go to for help
  • Involve workers in completing stress risk assessments so they can help identify potential problems and solutions
  • Keep workers updated on what is happening so they feel involved and reassured
  • Talk to people about fatigue. Make sure they take regular breaks and encourage them to take leave – set working times to make sure people aren’t working too long

Provide further advice and support

Share information and advice about mental health and wellbeing with your workers.

Consider an occupational health referral if someone starts to show signs of stress or anxiety so they can talk through ways you can support them.

If you have an employee assistance programme, encourage your workers to use it to talk through their issues in complete confidence.

Questions to help you support your workers’ wellbeing

  • Do you know who to talk to and where to go when you need support?
    • Think about where you would go for help if you had stress or anxiety issues and whether you would feel comfortable doing so
  • What else can we do to prevent stress and improve mental health in our workplace?
    • What can you do?
    • What can your manager do?
    • What can the company or organisation do?

Find out more

There is HSE advice on stress and mental health.

Public Health England has COVID-19 guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing.

We review and update this page regularly to reflect any changes in guidance.

Page last reviewed: 19 January 2022

Next review due: 30 January 2022

Updated 2021-12-29