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

Removal of some coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions

This page is up to date following the removal of some restrictions in England. There are different regulations and guidance to follow for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The latest advice on keeping workplaces safe will help you assess the risks and continue to reduce COVID-19 transmission. This includes links to information on vaccination, as well as on testing, tracking and tracing (including where variants are spreading).

7. Stress, wellbeing and providing support

Mental health and wellbeing

The pandemic has had a significant impact on people’s mental health. They’re continuing 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 meeting 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 will help you have conversations about how to raise concerns or who to go to so they can talk things through
  • Involve workers in completing stress risk assessments so they can help identify potential problems and identify solutions
  • Keep workers updated on what is happening so they feel involved and reassured
  • Discuss the issue of fatigue with employees and make sure they take regular breaks and are encouraged to take leave – set working hours to ensure they aren’t working long hours

Further advice and support

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

Consider an occupational health referral if personal stress and anxiety issues are identified.

Where you have an employee assistance programme, encourage workers to use it to talk through supportive strategies.

Questions to help you support 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 were experiencing an issue 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

The following information will help you answer these questions.

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 July 2021

Next review due: 31 July 2021

Updated 2021-07-14