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Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives : Survey Manager

When managing safety and health in the workplace it can be useful to get feedback from employees on their health needs and risks to safety and health at work. This page is designed to support workplaces to do this using evidence based surveys. By using this survey manager you are also helping to create population wide trends which:

  • Provides employers with useful benchmark data so they can compare their workplace with others of similar size or sector
  • Consults and engages with employees, establish priorities and needs, justifies resources and assists in development of a health, safety and wellbeing action plan
  • Provides SCHWL with useful information about the most common health needs and risks at work so that we can continue to support employers and employees across Scotland to reduce risks and improve the health of our nation. We do this by providing advice, practical tools and services to employers across Scotland.


Work Positive

Work Positive

Work-related stress is a major cause of occupational ill health, poor productivity and increased sickness absence levels as well as increasing the risk of workplace accidents. The Health and Safety Executive's (HSE's) Management Standards for work-related stress were developed to help organisations improve their performance by identifying and managing the main causes of work-related stress.

  • It is one of HSE's recommended stress risk assessments
  • It incorporates the HSE Stress Indicator Tool (first 35 questions in the Work Positive survey) to allow you to benchmark your results against data held by HSE
  • You can compare your results against other workplaces of similar sector and size
  • It includes monitoring questions that provide baseline data on the impact of pressure at work in your workplace (for example impact on sickness absence, morale and performance)
  • You can set up the survey to provide results for your whole workplace as well as results for individual departments, locations and/or roles. This allows you to identify hotspots and target your resources where they are most needed
  • Support to carry out the risk management process can be provided by your local Healthy Working Lives Adviser. You can also access free Work Positive stress risk management training courses to help you to plan and implement the process.

Work Positive is a step by step process. Click here for the Work Positive process checklist. This helps you to systematically work through this process and conduct the Work Positive survey within a wider best practice risk management framework.

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Employee Wellbeing Survey

This contains questions on workplace environment, individual lifestyle and organisational issues and is designed to meet the HWL award criterion in full. This survey is a quick way to gather information from a large number of individuals and can be sent to all or a sample of employees in the case of a larger organisation. Where a sample is preferred it is essential that the employees sample is random and representative of all grades and levels. An organisation's payroll department may be able to provide a stratified sample of employees.

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Free National Adviceline

0800 019 2211

Confidential advice and information on a wide range of workplace health issues. 9am-5pm Mon-Thur, 9am-4.30pm Fri

For Employees

For Employers

If you would like to introduce your company to our Work Positive survey then please Apply Online.

A local Healthy Working Lives representative will then be in touch to begin the survey process.

As part of the process your company will be provided a unique web address which will link your employees to your survey. Employees identities will remain annoymous throughout.

SAMaRT tool

The sickness absence recording tool (SAMaRT) was designed to help small and medium sized enterprises record, monitor and analyse absence data as a means to better manage sickness absence and return to work.