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Writing Paper Part 2. Task Type: Leaflet

You have recently finished an investigation into the causes and effects of stress in the company where you work, and you have been asked to produce a leaflet called 'Coping with Stress' for all the employees in the company based on the following questions:


  • What are the main causes of stress in the company?
  • What problems does stress cause?
  • What methods for coping with stress will be the most useful?


Write the text for your leaflet. (Around 220-260 words).

What you need to do to pass
Read our checklist first to understand what the examiner is
looking for in a good answer.

Ideas for writing
Ask yourself the following questions to help you get started:

  • Make a list of the likely causes of stress in your company. (If you are not working in a company then use your imagination!)
    - fear of redundancy
    - coping with new technology
    - poor relationships with colleagues/bosses

  • What is the likely impact of stress?
    For the company
    - people taking time off work through illness
    - staff are less productive
    For the individual employee
    - ill health and poor morale
  • What methods for coping with stress are you going to advocate?
    Asking for more training/support if job is too difficult
    Exercise - give examples of ones that could be done in the working day e.g. a walk at lunchtime
    Relaxation techniques - e.g. breathing exercises
    You could end the leaflet by giving a list of useful contact names/numbers for more advice. Invent some details.

Drafting and proofreading your work

You should look at your first draft of the task and decide:
  • Have you answered the question?
  • Is the layout and organisation appropriate?
  • Is the language accurate with a good range of structures?
  • Is the style appropriate and consistent?
  • Will it have a positive effect on the reader?

If the answer is 'no' to any of these questions then you will need to do some more drafting!