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Key figures for Great Britain in 2022/23 show that 1.8 million working people are suffering from work-related illnesses, out of which 875,000 workers are experiencing work-related stress, depression, or anxiety. These mental health issues account for 50% of all work-related illnesses. Taking proactive steps to look after your wellbeing and that of your team can lead to improved performance, reduced sick days and presenteeism, better colleague relationships, and a generally happier workforce.

What exactly is stress?

‌Stress is defined as ‘a state of mental or emotional strain resulting from an adverse or demanding circumstance’ and is the body’s natural reaction to feeling threatened or under pressure. In small doses, it can be useful and motivational; however, too much stress or prolonged exposure to stress can affect your wellbeing and eventually cause burnout. Importantly, it should never be seen as a weakness; everybody experiences stress differently, and has their own tolerance level.

What causes stress?

‌Stress is generally caused when we feel we don’t have the resources to handle the challenges in front of us; this means that even positive life events can be stressful, leaving us feeling lost and out of control. The good news is that once the situation passes, so do the feelings of stress. Typical causes of stress include:

What about workplace stress?

Stress within your team may lead to increased staff turnover, decreased performance, increased sickness or absence and poor performance. Common workplace stressors include:

What are the main signs of stress?

Stress affects people in different ways; this graphic gives some examples of how it may show itself. You may experience many of these symptoms, or just a couple; remember, it might even take someone else commenting on them for you to realise you are displaying them at all.

That sounds familiar. How can I manage my stress levels?

‌Every person is an individual and there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution; however, these are good starting points:

Giving your body the right nutrients allows it to function properly and repair itself as well as providing you with fuel for your day. Chasing a sugar or caffeine high may provide a temporary boost but is always followed by a corresponding low, and can build unhelpful habits; similarly, alcohol and nicotine are toxins for your body, giving it more to deal with. One simple improvement is to drink more water - a hydrated body is a happy body.

Did you know that the chemicals your brain releases during sleep are the same ones which prevent it releasing the stress hormone? The better your sleep quality, the less you will feel affected by stress.

Exercise releases endorphins, the body’s natural mood-enhancer; it can also improve your sleep (see above).

Meditation, yoga, deep breathing and mindfulness can all reduce stress, bringing your attention to your body, slowing your breathing and lowering your heart rate.

When you next feel stressed, take a moment to notice what caused it, how you tend to respond and what you could do to handle it.

Prioritise time to do things you enjoy: read a book, listen to music, watch a movie, catch up with friends. Learn to feel comfortable saying no to things you don’t want to do; self-care isn’t being selfish.‌

One of the simplest but most effective things you can do is talk about it; the old saying ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’ is absolutely true in this case. Talking to someone - a friend, family member or a colleague - reinforces the fact that you are not alone and also helps you make sense of your feelings as you explain them. Also, they might have been through something similar and have useful advice or insights for you.

While life is usually stressful to some extent and at certain times, if you feel it is becoming unmanageable then talk to your GP or another healthcare professional.‌

How can I support my employees?

Stress within your team may lead to increased staff turnover, decreased performance and increased absences. Being able to recognise the signs of stress in your employees will allow you to act promptly; having a trained Wellbeing team within your business, made up of both mental health first aiders and wellbeing champions, will enable you to provide support to your employees so that fewer people reach crisis point.

Mental Health First Aiders

Having Mental Health First Aiders within your business would provide an alternative outlet for your staff to express their issues to someone who may not be their direct line manager – this often puts staff at ease when discussing sensitive matters.

The two-day course covers many mental health issues that may become apparent in the workplace. It focuses on how to deal with someone at a crisis point, how to communicate with them, and how to signpost them to local and national support agencies.

Wellbeing Champions

This one-day course trains employees to be workplace wellbeing advocates. Participants gain the knowledge and practical tools to promote mental, physical, social, and financial wellbeing while driving engagement.

To find out more information or discuss your training needs, talk to our Training Team by calling 01427 420 405 or email training@skaltd.co.uk

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Why Choose Our eLearning Platform

Duty of Care and Compliance

As business owners, you have a duty of care and a legal responsibility to provide employees with relevant and certified Health & Safety information and training. Our eLearning platform supports this requirement, with access to ten essential courses for an annual cost.

Health & Safety eLearning Package

Kickstart your training journey with a fixed package of 10 Health & Safety courses. These courses cover a range of essential topics, ensuring a safe and compliant workplace.

Pay As You Go Comprehensive Content Library

Gain access to a reliable and comprehensive content library with over 100 RoSPA and CPD-accredited health & safety courses, regularly updated with new and developed titles, alongside an additional 400 individual courses. Stay ahead of industry standards and equip your team with the latest knowledge.

Mitigate Risk and Reduce Accidents

Our platform enables you to manage Health & Safety compliance requirements in a scalable and cost-effective way. With over 100 Health & Safety titles across a range of topics, you can create a safer work environment and reduce accidents.

Thorough Training Assessments

Assess knowledge, skills, and compliance with comprehensive reporting tools available in the platform. Gain valuable insights into your team's strengths and areas for improvement.

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For more information about the webinar, our brand new eLearning platform, or to discuss any training needs your business might have, contact our training team at Training@skaltd.co.uk or call 01427 420 405

Do you know how to provide effective support to autistic team members in the workplace? 

We spoke to Emma Warner, Learning and Development Sales Specialist at Towergate, about our new course Leading Autistic Colleagues aimed at providing line managers with a greater understanding of the workplace challenges faced by neurodiverse staff, and what can be done to help them. 

Could you share with us how the idea for the Leading Autistic Colleagues training course originated?

During my time as an induction trainer I met many people and inevitably there were a number with neurodiverse conditions. I realised that, as a function, we had no training or support available to be able to help these people succeed, thrive and feel included within the workplace.

Who do you feel would benefit from attending this course?

It sounds cliché, but absolutely everybody! Even if you think you know what having autism might entail, I can safely say the conversations we have on the courses will give you different viewpoints and definitely some food for thought.

What can participants expect to gain from attending the Leading Autistic Colleagues training?

An insight into how somebody with autism may think and feel, and what work and life challenges they may face in day-to-day life.

What topics will be covered during the session?

What autism is, what the daily challenges can be, how many people in society it affects, what we can all do support them and how we can be more aware of our colleagues.

Are there any entry requirements for participants?

Line managing somebody is the only requirement here, so you can learn how to support your staff in an inclusive way. Other than that, nothing! Even if you think you know about autism, there is always something new to learn.

Can you share any positive stories from previous participants who attended this training?

I have heard of several changes in businesses as a result of the training, including the introduction of ‘no questions asked’ social event opt-outs, the provision of fidget toys and improved inter-colleague relationships due to a broader knowledge and understanding.

How do you ensure the session is interactive for participants?

The sessions are discussion-based with interactive videos, discussions, and games. The more people put into the sessions, the more people get out of them, so participation is very actively encouraged!

Are there any plans to expand or enhance the Leading Autistic Colleagues training in the future?

There is always more work to be done in the Neurodiverse space, as it is such a broad subject with endless amounts of facts, figures, and research. Feedback from the sessions is always taken into consideration to make sure our offerings are factually correct and up to date. The more people that attend these sessions, the more work we will be able to do to create sessions on different neurodiverse conditions.

If you could summarise the course in one sentence, what would it be?

An important piece of training that will open your eyes and your mind to the differing levels of obstacles that autistic people face in the workplace.

Enhance your awareness of autism and learn how you can support your team to success with our new training course Leading Autistic Colleagues. If you would like to learn more about this training course or discuss your training needs, please reach out to our Training Team by calling 01427 420 405 or emailing training@skaltd.co.uk.

With a steadfast commitment to a risk management- centred approach, Safedrive, our sister company, strives to mitigate occupational driving accidents and associated losses, including those impacting lives, livelihoods, profits, and reputations.

For over two decades, Safedrive has been at the forefront of Fleet Risk Management, partnering with our clients as #oneoftheteam to ensure drivers are correctly licensed, profiled, trained, and equipped. 

The comprehensive service including nationwide coverage, delivered by a dedicated team of Fleet ADI* Assessors and supported by experienced professionals advocating for work-related road safety. From assessing diverse vehicle types to providing tailored training courses for drivers across all sectors, Safedrive is your reliable partner in enhancing safety and reducing fleet costs.

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Mental ill health affects approximately one in four people in the UK. Yet, many employees still feel unable to approach their manager to discuss their mental health - and many managers feel ill-equipped to offer advice and assistance. 

We look at the relevant legislation, common risk factors and what you can do to mitigate them and ensure you are acting lawfully.

What is mental health?

Mental illness is, simply, just that - an illness. Like any other illness, it could be a direct result of an employee’s working environment, or have occurred independently but potentially affect their health, safety, and wellbeing at work. Stress, anxiety and depression are all examples of mental ill health. 

What are the most common risk factors?

Common stressors or triggers (i.e. situations or events that cause stress and can bring on or worsen symptoms) for employees include:

Demands at work.
Struggling to cope with the demands of their job, particularly during busy periods.


Lack of control.
Feeling that they have no say in how they work on a day-to-day basis or a lack of communication and engagement during organisational change.


Lack of support.
Not being given sufficient information, training or support from managers and colleagues, or being subjected to unacceptable behaviour such as harassment or bullying.


What can I do to minimise risks to mental health in the workplace?

Both physical and mental ill health may impact a person’s performance and wellbeing at work. Risks to mental health, like any other health risks that affect employees, can be managed and minimised with risk assessments, safe working procedures and reasonable adjustments in place. 

One of the most important steps business owners and senior management can take to support mental ill health in the workplace is to lead by example, proactively considering their employees’ mental health and creating an environment which encourages open discussion and acceptance.


Understand mental health
Educate yourself and your senior staff on the most common conditions, current legislation and relevant industry guidance. Ensure you can identify likely stressors in your workplace and early signs of mental health concerns so that you can provide support.

Make mental health a priority in your workplace with a course tailored to equip line managers with tools to lead crucial conversations. 

Our Line Managers Master Class for Mental Health course will give your line managers the tools and confidence to conduct those crucial conversations around Mental Health, strengthening your business's well-being provision. 


Appoint a Mental Health First Aider
A trained mental health first aider will be able to spot the signs and symptoms of any potential concerns and provide relevant advice and support. Employees may also feel more comfortable discussing any issues with a first aider than with their manager. 


Understand how mental ill health might affect your business.
Issues associated with mental ill health can have a significant impact on your business, including:


Update your policies and procedures.


Create and maintain a positive working environment.

When does a mental health issue count as a disability?

The Equality Act 2010 defines disability as having a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term (i.e. lasting 12 months or more) adverse effect on your ability to do normal daily activities. There are additional rules for recurring health issues, such as depression.

How can I ensure I treat people equally according to the law?

Review your recruitment process.
Make sure that you are complying with legislation throughout the whole process, including pre-employment questionnaires and interviews; remember, you are not permitted to use questionnaires to ask about health issues before offering someone a job except in very specific circumstances. The law covers employees through recruitment, employment and if they are dismissed for any reason, including redundancy. 

Examine your actions.
As an employer, it is against the law to treat one employee less favourably than another because they have a disability, you believe they have a disability or because of an association with a disability - for example, if they are the prime carer of a disabled person. 

Make reasonable adjustments.
You are required by law to make reasonable adjustments to work practices, and provide aids/adjustments, for disabled employees. What is considered as “reasonable” is subjective and entirely dependent on the specific circumstances of the employer and the employee.

How can Stallard Kane help?
Creating a positive work environment that supports employee well-being is crucial for the success of any business. Our Mental Health First Aid training course teaches individuals how to identify, understand, and assist someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue. This course can help to minimize the impact of mental ill-health in your workplace. 

Our Human Resources and Health and Safety Teams can also provide support in identifying practices and processes that can support the promotion of Mental Health awareness and understanding and meeting your legal obligations.  

If you would like to learn more about this training or discuss your training needs, please reach out to our Training Team by calling 01427 420 405 or emailing training@skaltd.co.uk.

We recently held a webinar to showcase our eLearning offering. The webinar will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of how this enhanced eLearning experience will elevate your training journey.

The webinar lasts for approximately 30 mins and includes

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Why Choose Our eLearning Platform

Duty of Care and Compliance

As business owners, you have a duty of care and a legal responsibility to provide employees with relevant and certified Health & Safety information and training. Our eLearning platform supports this requirement, with access to ten essential courses for an annual cost.

Health & Safety eLearning Package

Kickstart your training journey with a fixed package of 10 Health & Safety courses. These courses cover a range of essential topics, ensuring a safe and compliant workplace.

Pay As You Go Comprehensive Content Library

Gain access to a reliable and comprehensive content library with over 100 RoSPA and CPD-accredited health & safety courses, regularly updated with new and developed titles, alongside an additional 400 individual courses. Stay ahead of industry standards and equip your team with the latest knowledge.

Mitigate Risk and Reduce Accidents

Our platform enables you to manage Health & Safety compliance requirements in a scalable and cost-effective way. With over 100 Health & Safety titles across a range of topics, you can create a safer work environment and reduce accidents.

Thorough Training Assessments

Assess knowledge, skills, and compliance with comprehensive reporting tools available in the platform. Gain valuable insights into your team's strengths and areas for improvement.

Contact Us

For more information about the webinar, our brand new eLearning platform, or to discuss any training needs your business might have, contact our training team at Training@skaltd.co.uk or call 01427 420 405

At Stallard Kane, we're dedicated to providing you with a seamless, cost-effective, and comprehensive eLearning experience.

Why Choose Our eLearning Platform

Duty of Care and Compliance

As business owners, you have a duty of care and a legal responsibility to provide employees with relevant and certified Health & Safety information and training. Our eLearning platform supports this requirement, with access to ten essential courses for an annual cost.

Health & Safety eLearning Package

Kickstart your training journey with a fixed package of 10 Health & Safety courses. These courses cover a range of essential topics, ensuring a safe and compliant workplace.

The package includes


Pay As You Go Comprehensive Content Library

Gain access to a reliable and comprehensive content library with over 100 RoSPA and CPD accredited health & safety courses, regularly updated with new and developed titles, alongside an additional 400 individual courses. Stay ahead of industry standards and equip your team with the latest knowledge.

Mitigate Risk and Reduce Accidents

Our platform enables you to manage Health & Safety compliance requirements in a scalable and cost-effective way. With over 100 health & safety titles across a range of topics, you can create a safer work environment and reduce accidents.

Thorough Training Assessments

Assess knowledge, skills, and compliance with comprehensive reporting tools available in the platform. Gain valuable insights into your team's strengths and areas for improvement.

Expanded Learning Opportunities

Our platform extends beyond Health & Safety. Stallard Kane customers can now explore a broad range of vital topics, including:

Experience Ease Of Use

Our sophisticated platform is designed for efficiency and convenience and is accessible on both desktop and mobile devices. Training has never been this intuitive. Clear design, seamless navigation and accessibility ensure a smooth learning experience.

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To discuss how you can sign up for our new platform and learn more about how it can benefit your business, please do not hesitate to contact our training team.

At Stallard Kane, we are committed to helping you create a diverse and inclusive workplace.

We're excited to introduce our upcoming training session, Leading Autistic Colleagues, designed to enhance your knowledge of autism and provide you with the tools to support your autistic team members.

Who Can Benefit?

This online training is tailored for Line Managers and Team Leaders, but it's relevant for anyone who wants to create a more inclusive work environment.

How long is this training session?

This interactive session lasts 2 hours and 30 mins and will be held online via Microsoft Teams. 

Leading Autistic Colleagues Highlights:

How much does it cost?

The course is available at £75 + VAT. 

Participating in this half-day training will enhance your awareness and contribute to a more inclusive workplace for all your team members.

At Stallard Kane, we are committed to providing comprehensive solutions for your Health & Safety, HR, Training, and Compliance needs. "Leading Autistic Colleagues" is another step in our mission to empower businesses and individuals to thrive in diverse, inclusive workplaces.

To secure your spot or to learn more, please don't hesitate to contact our Training Team.

Businesses of all sizes across the UK face the same difficulties when it comes to promoting staff internally; while these employees bring valuable skills and experience to their new roles, what can be overlooked is the requirement for an additional set of skills. The most common, and perhaps the most challenging, is people management.

At Stallard Kane, we take pride in supporting our clients. We've been listening to your feedback and are excited to offer you a solution - Leadership and Management Training led by Aspire Coaching specifically designed for emergent leaders. 

Here's what you can expect from Leadership and Management training:

•    Customised Learning: our training will be tailored to address the specific needs of your organisation

•    Hands-on Workshops: our training is highly interactive and practical, focusing on real-life scenarios

•    Experienced Instructors: you'll learn from experts with a wealth of experience in leadership and management

•    Ongoing Support: we provide continuous mentoring and coaching to ensure long-term success

•    Competitive Rates: as a valued Stallard Kane client, you'll receive a discounted rate for this training. 

We believe this training can make a significant difference by equipping your staff with the skills they need to excel in their new roles. It will not only boost their confidence and effectiveness but also contribute to the overall success of your organisation.

If you're interested in learning more about this opportunity or would like to discuss the details further, please don't hesitate to contact us at training@skaltd.co.uk

If you think of training as something you need to complete but will probably never use, think again. First Aid at Work is a practical, hands-on course where you will learn skills that could save a life – at work, or at home.

First Aid at Work trains candidates to become qualified first aiders who can apply learned techniques on a casualty in the vital moments before the emergency services arrive. It is suitable for those who work in potentially hazardous environments, for example construction sites or kitchens.

First Aid at Work will teach you not just CPR and how to use a defibrillator, but how to deal with burns and scalds, choking, allergic reactions, spinal or head injuries and many other life-threatening conditions and injuries. The course also highlights often-overlooked areas such as talking to casualties and keeping them calm as well as how to manage an emergency.

With three days of highly interactive practical and theory work you’ll have the confidence to approach situations both in and out of the workplace and stay cool, calm and collected under pressure.

Do I need to do the full three-day course?

Not necessarily. Every workplace environment and individual is different – and so are their first aid needs. Our Emergency First Aid at Work is a one-day course designed to give participants the confidence and ability to take life-saving action during an emergency and is designed for those with specific responsibility to provide first aid in a low-hazard environment such as an office or those working in a community or voluntary role.

We also have specialist courses, such as Paediatric First Aid, available; talk to our team for more details.

There are no formal entry requirements, but candidates must be physically able to participate in all practical activities during these courses.

Talk to us; our team will help you choose the right course to ensure you’re getting the comprehensive learning you need.

What about mental health and wellbeing?

According to the charity Mind, every year 1 in 4 people in England will suffer a mental health problem of some kind; mental ill health is responsible for 72 million lost working days a year, costing £34.9 billion. Employers have a legal duty of care to their employees. This includes providing a safe working environment and taking reasonable care to prevent any harm, mental or physical, that may occur in the workplace.

Our two-day Mental Health First Aid course qualifies candidates as their workplace’s mental health first aider. Delegates will gain an in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing, learn how to create a positive mental health culture within their workplace, and how to spot the triggers and signs of mental illness. They will also learn some physical first aid skills relevant to response to mental illness, how best to reassure and support a person in distress, and how to implement reasonable adjustments upon their return to work.


Wellbeing Champion courses also train employees to be wellbeing advocates in the workplace. This will give them the knowledge and practical tools to promote mental, physical, social and financial wellbeing whilst driving engagement and building a positive workplace culture. 

Training options range from individual attendance at an open course held across the UK to experienced trainers delivering closed courses for your staff, either on site at your premises, at a suitable local venue or at our training room in Gainsborough. In addition, the Mental Health First Aid and Wellbeing courses can be delivered remotely via Zoom.

We’re confident we have a solution that suits your needs; talk to us today about your requirements. 

We are always keen to get client feedback on everything we do, to ensure we are continually moving forward; this is from one of our recent Emergency First Aid at Work courses:

'Just a quick note to say thank you for sending such an amazing trainer for today’s Emergency First Aid Training. The interaction in the training room was incredible! I received really positive feedback from each attendee after completing the course, particularly on how well the course materials were delivered.'

Contact Us About First Aid

Our team are here to help. To find out more information or discuss your first aid training needs talk to our Training Team by calling 01427 420 405 or email training@skaltd.co.uk

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We work with a selected group of third-party training suppliers to deliver excellent training across the UK. Our third-party suppliers have been rigorously checked to ensure they offer the best training for our clients. We will always inform you when we are using a third-party supplier. For more information, contact training@skaltd.co.uk