Stress and the workplace

This course is for anyone who wants to understand the relationship between pressure and stress and how this can impact on wellbeing. 

In particular, it provides guidance to supervisors, managers and employers (whatever the type or size of organisation they are in), to help them understand their role in managing stress at work, and how to assess the risk of stress in their organisation.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation employees may be under increased pressure and looking after mental and physical health is important. Social distancing, working from home or providing support to those affected by the changes can all increase the pressure on staff and lead to feelings of stress. Whilst this course was developed before the pandemic, the learning outcomes are still applicable to understanding and identifying stress.  They may also help in identifying supports or changes at work that can reduce the pressure.

Keep informed of workplace COVID-19 updates here and follow us at @Healthy_WL for the latest information and support for your workplace.

If you have any problems with this course please contact:

Alcohol and Drugs in the Workplace

Healthy Working Lives provides employers in Scotland with support and services to improve the health, safety and well-being of their staff. A face to face training programme for managers on the impact of alcohol and drugs in the workplace has been offered to employers since 2008.

To complement the manager training programme, we now welcome you to the Alcohol and Drugs in the Workplace elearning course. This course can be completed on its own by all members of an organisation or as part of a blended learning course for managers.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic HWL have suspended all face to face training currently. This e-learning course remains accessible however, and provides relevant information on the impact of the use of alcohol and drugs.

Visit our dedicated COVID-19 updates page here for further advice and support and follow us at @Healthy_WL

The key learning outcomes are:

  • Increased knowledge of the impact of alcohol and drugs on the workforce and employer and employee responsibilities
  • Increased knowledge of substances and their impact on the individual and workplace
  • Increased understanding of the rationale for workplace policies and the legal implications
  • Insight into good practice related to alcohol and drugs in the workplace including, application of policy and support for individuals

Driving Risks at Work

The Driving Risks at Work eLearning course is based on a toolkit developed by SCoRSA. It provides you with a range of information and guidance on driving at work.

For more information on driving risks at work contact

Health Risks at Work

This module covers some of the health risks that you could find at your workplace and how to manage them. It deals with risks to breathing, skin, touch, hearing, muscle bones and joints and well-being.

Healthy Working Lives - Public File Repository

This learning area provides companies with access to the files to each of our eLearning courses. If you have a SCORM compliant eLearning platform you can host these courses on your internal system.

For more information about this and the terms of our Permission Agreement contact

Managing Health & Safety: The Basics

Every Business within the UK needs to comply with health and safety law and have policies and procedures in place.

This module provides you with health and safety basic knowledge and information to assist you in ensuring you meet current health and safety laws.

Mentally Healthy Workplaces Training (eLearning course)

This training has been developed to increase your awareness of mental health in the workplace. It can also be completed as part of a blended learning course for managers. This blended course is recognised for the Mentally Healthy Line Manager Training criteria of the Healthy Working Lives award programme.

While this course was developed before the COVID-19 pandemic it remains highly valuable in a time when understanding mental health and supporting positive mental health is incredibly important. Social distancing, working from home or providing support to those affected by the changes can all impact on our mental health.  Understanding why workplaces have a role to play in supporting their staff and how they can do this is key at this time.

Further advice and support can be found here and by following us at @Healthy_WL

Sensible Risk Assessment

This module is designed for owners, directors, managers or supervisors or anyone that has health and safety responsibilities over a group of people. The module explains the basic concepts around the risk assessment process and gives you access to materials and further resources to help you complete a risk assessment

Supporting Staff Attendance

This module provides support in managing absence from work (sometimes referred to as absence management).

 It is targeted at anyone with people management responsibilities within organisations operating in Scotland and should take 45mins to an hour to complete.

The module highlights some of the benefits of actively managing attendance including support for staff with long-term health conditions, good practise to be adopted and a variety of valuable resources to help you implement these. You will also find out about further support available through Healthy Working Lives and elsewhere.

Absence in your organisation may currently be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst this course was developed before the current situation, the principles and support remain relevant at this time for those with non, covid-related absence. However if the absence or time off is covid-related then visit our dedicated COVID-19 updates page here for further advice and support and follow us at @Healthy_WL

Violence and Aggression in the Workplace (eLearning course)

The Violence and Aggression in the Workplace eLearning course is designed to provide you with information and advice on the topic. 

**18/09/2019** Update : we are currently updating this resource, the new updated version will be available in the next couple of months.