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Avoiding a negative impact on your business

Work related stress, poor health, sickness absence, turnover and conflict can have a negative impact on your bottom line.

Below we list some resources that will help you understand how these issues can affect your organisation and what you can do about it.

Absence Management

Managing attendance and employee turnover

This Acas advisory booklet looks at the reasons for absence and turnover and the organisational costs, and provides guidance on one to one management skills, having difficult conversations, preparing for return to work discussions.

Absence management tool - CIPD/Acas/HSE

Joint CIPD, Acas and HSE on-line tool on how to manage absence.

Bullying And Harassment

Bullying and harassment at work: a guide for managers and employers

This Acas advice leaflet is designed to offer practical advice to employers and managers to help them prevent bullying and harassment and to deal with any cases that occur. It includes guidelines for the development of policies and procedures.

Bullying at work 2008: the experience of managers - CMI

This CMI research report assesses the extent to which managers, as individuals, have been bullied; the types of bullying that they observe in their organisations; and how effective policies can be used to support managers in tackling the problem.

Ill Health And Long Term Sickness Absence

Understand the cost of ill health to your business - Business Link

Business Link guide covers employee health & wellbeing, the business benefits, occupational health advice line for small and medium sized businesses, health work and wellbeing coordinators, fit for work service, psychological therapy services, fit notes.

Line manager behaviour and return to work following long-term sickness absence - research report

British Occupational Health Foundation (BOHRF) research report on the manager behaviours needed to facilitate an employee's return to work after long-term sickness absence due to anxiety and depression, back pain, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Manager support for return to work following long-term sickness absence - CIPD

The CIPD has joined with the British Occupational Health Research Foundation, the Health and Safety Executive and Healthy Working Lives to develop new guidance on the key behaviours managers need to support successful and lasting returns to work.


Stress at work - Acas

This booklet investigates stress in the workplace and includes guidance on how to manage the balance between challenges and pressures of work so that employees remain motivated, how to involve employees in seeking better ways of working and team building.

Introduction to the Management Standards - Health and Safety Executive

HSE website on the Management Standards for Work-Related Stress, which define the characteristics, or culture, of an organisation where the risks from work related stress are being effectively managed and controlled.

Preventing stress: promoting positive manager behaviour - Health and Safety Executive

This research insight is the result of ongoing collaboration between the CIPD, Investors in People and the Health & Safety Executive on research into management competencies for preventing and reducing stress at work.

Management competencies for preventing and reducing stress at work

This HSE report presents the findings of the second phase of a research project to identify the specific management behaviours associated with the effective management of stress at work.

Work related stress - Why you should take action? - Health and Safety Executive

HSE website on why your organisation should take action on work-related stress that identifies the benefits of action in this area, the legal requirements and some useful case studies.

Line management behaviour and stress at work - CIPD guidance leaflets

These leaflets are designed to give managers and HR practitioners/employers a framework setting out the behaviours managers need to show in order to prevent and reduce stress in their team and information on how to apply it.