Human Resources

Guidance for Managers


As managers and leaders, we have a duty of care to support the wellbeing of those within our teams. These resources can help all of us in understanding that responsibility and putting it into practice. There are further resources you can signpost staff to on this hub. 


Return to Work guide

Mental Health 

You can find further information within our Mental Wellbeing pages 

New guidance has been released from Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) about information sharing in mental health emergencies. 

It's aimed at giving employers greater certainty about sharing information about their workers in the event of a mental health emergency. It provides advice on when and how it is appropriate to share workers’ information in such an emergency, even if you haven’t thought about this before. Data protection law allows organisations to share personal information in an urgent or emergency situation, including to help them prevent loss of life or serious physical, emotional or mental harm.

Long Covid 

Those who are diagnosed with Long Covid and for whom there are chronic ill health problems (hopefully rare but possible) could be defined as disabled under the Equalities Act. If you are a manager of a member of staff who has Long Covid, please be aware of this and consider Occupational Health assessments, adjustments and conversations that check in on how staff are feeling and coping.

Covid-19 Line Managers Guide.pdf [PDF 339.71KB]


As a line manager it is important to ensure that anyone experiencing menopausal symptoms gets the same support and understanding as if they had any other health issue. If you manage someone who is experiencing the menopause, please make sure you read the Menopause Policy in the first instance. This sets out the guidelines for employees and managers on providing the right support to manage menopausal symptoms at work. Our Menopause web page has lots of resources and support for managers and staff. 

The 'My Whole Self Managers Toolkit' can help equip managers with the knowledge and confidence needed to support the mental health of teams.  

The law and wellbeing conversations course

Managing people requires a variety of skills. You need to navigate productivity, personal development and personal wellbeing of your staff. This course explores the legal side of mental wellbeing and best practice approaches to starting conversations. It also explores the importance of wellbeing action plans. It maps out the challenges that managers may face and where they can get support from within and outside the University.

Log in to LearnUpon and search for Law in the Catalogue to enrol on this course.

Further resources

The Occupational Health Service offers advice on health, safety and wellbeing at work. The service works to prevent work-related ill-health, reduce risks to health from occupational hazards and promote health and safety.

Supporting staff caring for children - information from MIND.

A Guide to Managing Remote Workers and specific, research-based steps that managers can take to improve the engagement and productivity of remote employees.

Keep it real: seven principles for leading virtual or hybrid teams

Building an active culture.pdf [PDF 792.46KB]

Resources to support your employees.pdf [PDF 477.21KB]

Five tips for improving as a manager of a distributed team

How to motivate colleagues when the chips are down

People managers' guide to mental health

ACAS – approaching sensitive conversations about mental health