Advice for employers

Further guidance on supporting you and your staff is provided below. Download a copy of this information.

This guidance is for employers in Gloucestershire who want to know more about how to support their staff to maintain positive mental health and wellbeing. You may be a small enterprise or larger organisation; whatever the size of your workforce there is plenty of information here to help you.

In November 2020, a letter was sent to employers in Gloucestershire by Sarah Scott, Director of Public Health at Gloucestershire County Council. This letter provides further information on support services for those who may be struggling with their wellbeing due to Covid-19. Read the Letter to Employers here.

You may also be interested in this page which includes information for those who may be at risk of experiencing financial hardship due to job loss/end of furlough/redundancy.

Leaders and managers should carefully consider individuals within their workforce that may have been more impacted by Covid-19 and the affect that this has had on their mental health and wellbeing.

This could include the following groups:

  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Groups
  • Carers
  • Frontline health and social care workers
  • New mothers and parents of new-borns
  • Older adults
  • People recently bereaved
  • Those living alone or self-isolating
  • Those recently discharged from hospital
  • Those that have been shielding – being considered ‘extremely clinically vulnerable’
  • Those that have been temporarily laid off / made redundant
  • Those that have long-term health conditions
  • Those with existing mental health needs
  • Those with Learning Disabilities and / or Autism
  • Those working from home or remotely
  • Volunteers
  • Young People

You will find additional information for these groups on the dedicated Advice for adults, Advice and support for those with learning disabilities and / or autism, and Advice for all Gloucestershire citizens pages.

Risk assessments

An employer has a legal responsibility to protect their staff from harm at work and a risk assessment is an excellent way of doing that. 

Risk assessments are also an important tool to use when considering the safety of those that are more vulnerable.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have provided some helpful information on their website on the following topics:

Managing risks and risk assessment at work

Risk assessment during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Protect vulnerable workers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Page updated: 25/11/2020 Page updated by: Communications

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