Charter for Employers
Since MINDFUL EMPLOYER was launched in 2004, a total of 1,634 employers have at some point been a signatory to the Charter for Employers who are Positive About Mental Health.
The Charter is not an accreditation, award or a set of quality standards - it is completely voluntary.
The Charter is about working towards the principles of it not the immediate fulfilment of them – signing up is a step along a journey not the end of it. Being a Charter signatory doesn't mean 'getting it all right' - but it does indicate a willingness to work towards better practice. Employers can be involved in MINDFUL EMPLOYER without signing the Charter but many use it as a tangible display of their commitment to improving the working lives of their staff. Sign the Charter online. If you are an employer from outside the UK please contact us.
** Coming in April... MINDFUL EMPLOYER Plus will be a brand new service exclusively for organisations who are Charter signatories. This will provide confidential telephone support for staff and managers for just £1 per employee per year + VAT. This includes both telephone lines, unlimited calls and publicity materials. Both lines will be 0300 numbers and cost the same as calling an ordinary landline number. If you are a signatory already, you will automatically receive details. Alternatively, sign the Charter now and we'll let you know when this is available.
Charter For Employers Who Are Positive About Mental Health
As an employer we recognise that:
People who have mental health issues may have experienced discrimination in recruitment and selection procedures. This may discourage them from seeking employment.
Whilst some people will acknowledge their experience of mental health issues in a frank and open way, others fear that stigma will jeopardise their chances of getting a job.
Given appropriate support, the vast majority of people who have experienced mental ill health continue to work successfully as do many with ongoing issues.
As an employer we aim to:
Show a positive and enabling attitude to employees and job applicants with mental health issues. This will include positive statements in local recruitment literature.
Ensure that all staff involved in recruitment and selection are briefed on mental health issues and The Equality Act 2010*, and given appropriate interview skills.
Make it clear in any recruitment or occupational health check that people who have experienced mental health issues will not be discriminated against and that disclosure of a mental health problem will enable both employee and employer to assess and provide the right level of support or adjustment.
Not make assumptions that a person with a mental health problem will be more vulnerable to workplace stress or take more time off than any other employee or job applicant.
Provide non-judgemental and proactive support to individual staff who experience mental health issues.
Ensure all line managers have information and training about managing mental health in the workplace.
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By signing the Charter you will:
- Show that your organisation is working towards putting its principles in to practice
- Be demonstrating your commitment to the mental wellbeing of your staff
- Receive a personalised Charter showing the company name and logo
- Be able to use the MINDFUL EMPLOYER logo
There is no specific starting point, no baseline assessment - simply the desire to make a difference for your employees.
As a signatory, you will receive:
- Access to MINDFUL EMPLOYER Plus providing telephone helplines for your staff and managers: to be launched April 2017
- Complimentary copies of the MINDFUL EMPLOYER Line Managers' Resource and Keeping Well at Work and 10% discount on further copies - Order Online or use the Order Form to buy now
- The opportunity to display your company logo on MINDFUL EMPLOYER Leaflets (subject to minimum order) - use the Order Form to buy now
- Free Posters to display (these can be viewed by clicking on the link - printable copies are only available to signatories)
- Discount on mental health awareness sessions at your workplace run by MINDFUL EMPLOYER and Workways
- Other offers and discounts made available by other signatories and organisations
- A copy of Working Towards which will help you identify current good practice, areas for improvement and action to take - and support to take those actions if you would like it
*If you are based outside of the UK we will change the wording to refer to appropriate legislation in your country.
What difference does it make?
Signing the Charter makes a public, tangible statement of your organisation's commitment to your staff. You can read what employers tell us about the difference it makes and how they are taking steps towards the aspirations. Read also about the first 1,000 signatories and our evaluation of the initiative.
Reviewing the Commitment
Each Charter signatory undertakes a review two years after signing and every three years thereafter. Such reviews reflect the general philosophy of the initiative: that of supporting employers in the recruitment and retention of staff who experience mental ill health. Reviewing the Charter will tell you about the process. On the Way is a pdf version of the Review so you can see what it looks like - the Review itself is done online so please don't complete this version.
Paying administration fees is a condition of being a signatory. The fees shown below are non-refundable and are not a form of subscription, membership charge nor payment for service. For both of the fees shown below, the number of employees refers to the actual number of paid staff (i.e. not based on full-time equivalent posts and not including volunteers).
New Signatory Administration Fee: £50 (up to 50 employees) £75 (50-250) £100 (250+)
All signatories are required to complete a Review two years after signing and every three years thereafter. NB This is not an annual fee.
Charter Review Administration Fee: £75 per Review (up to 50 employees) £110 per Review (50-250) £150 per Review (250+)
VAT does not apply.
Changes to fees from 1 April 2017:
Fees were first introduced in April 2009 and have not been changed since. In order to cover increased costs and develop the initiative further we are making some changes with effect from 1 April 2017:
New Signatory Administration Fee from 1.4.17: £40 (less than 10 employees) £55 (10 to 50 employees) £85 (51-250) £110 (251-1000) £150 (1001-5000) £200 (5001-10000) £250 (over 10000)
Charter Review Administration Fee for Reviews received after 30.6.17: £75 (less than 10 employees) £80 (10 to 50 employees) £120 (51-250) £160 (251-1000) £170 (1001-5000) £180 (5001-10000) £190 (over 10000) - all figures are per Review. It is not an annual fee.
From 1 April, Registered Charities will receive a 5% discount on all administration fees.