Options for Change

We offer

  • Support in developing and implementing healthy workplace policies
  • Development training for managers in recognising and managing health and well being issues such as alcohol use, stress, depression
  • Guidance for management of performance and productivity issues including mental health issues, awareness raising, identification and management of workplace issues and related skills development
  • Supervision for frontline staff working with clients who may need to discuss issues with a suitably qualified person who is not their line manager. 

Taking a proactive approach to employees' wellbeing

Taking a proactive approach to employees' wellbeing
Businesses today are beset by increasing demands to have the correct policy and procedures for health, safety and welfare in place, to ensure that they are known and adhered to by all staff and to know what to do when and how if there appears to be a breach of any such a policy.

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 requires employers to secure the health (including mental health), safety and welfare of employees whilst at work. Equally, the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require employers to assess the risk of stress-related ill health arising from work activities and to take measures to control the identified risk. The Health and Safety Executive assesses stress as part of their workplace inspections.

It is estimated that 13.5 million working days are lost each year through stress, anxiety and depression alone.  Whilst alcohol is estimated to cause 35% of all absences from work accounting for about 8 to 14 million lost working days in the UK each year.
Holtermann, S and Burchell, A Government Economic Service Working Party. No 37 1981 DHSS.

In our current economic climate there is a demand for ‘more for less’, companies need their employees to be healthy and productive whilst ensuring they do not become over stressed.

Options Development services can assist you in demonstrating that you take your employees health and wellbeing seriously and that you observe legislation. All our programmes are tailored to suit your needs.  Managed by experienced counsellors and trainers, we are able to offer a wide range of support and development training for managers and their staff.

We can provide development services at your premises or our centres in Basingstoke and Southampton.

For further details please contact Louise Harris, Assistant Director (Development) Tel. 023 8063 0219 or email