Line Managers' Resource

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This resource is written for managers – particularly those in small and medium-sized organisations. It offers practical advice on managing and supporting people who are experiencing stress, distress and mental health problems.

The aim is to directly address the fear, ignorance and stigma around engaging with the individual. The key message is the importance of talking openly and with trust.

The resource suggests practical steps that managers and employees can take together to:

  • Match the job requirements with the person’s capabilities
  • Talk at an early stage of distress to prevent the problem escalating
  • Keep in touch during sickness absence to offer support and plan for the return to work
  • Achieve a successful return to work
  • Manage a long-term illness whilst remaining in work
  • Access sources of support and information