One of the great things about MINDFUL EMPLOYER is the wide range of employers who get in touch with us – small, medium, large; public, private, voluntary; UK-based and, increasingly, global. Many of those then go on to sign the Charter for Employers who are Positive About Mental Health and recent signatories range from Numatic International (well-known for ‘Henry’ vacuum cleaners) to The Serious Fraud Office to Keep Wales Tidy. Other new signatories are:
Age UK Sheffield
Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC)
Cardiff Third Sector Council
Caring Connections Whiston, Merseyside
Crystal Palace Physio Group London
Fircroft College Birmingham
High Speed Training Ltd Ilkley
Liskeard Eventide Home Ltd Cornwall
London School of Management Education Ilford, Essex
Marine Management Organisation Newcastle upon Tyne
Nagel Langdons Ltd Bridgwater, Somerset
Newman University Birmingham
NHS Aylesbury Vale & Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Group
NHS North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group
Severn Vale Housing Society Tewkesbury
South West Highways Ltd Exeter
T.R. Rogers Metal RecyclingNuneham Courtenay, Oxford
The Outside Clinic Swindon
Umbrella Training Ltd Chatham, Kent
Vista Employer Services Ltd Cheadle, Cheshire
Yellow Brick Road Solutions Ltd Great Yarmouth
There are lots of reasons for being a Charter signatory, so take a look at www.mindfulemployer.net/charter for more information and also about other exclusive offers. Over 1,700 employers have made this voluntary commitment at some stage since MINDFUL EMPLOYER was launched in 2004 and the current signatories employ over 1.5 million people.
2nd – 6th October is National Work Life Week – focussing on wellbeing at work and work-life balance https://www.workingfamilies.org.uk/employers/national-work-life-week/
10th October is World Mental Health Day – this year’s theme is wellbeing at workplace https://www.wfmh.global/wmhd-2017/ - why not take a look at or order our publications or sign the Charter to mark this event?
9th-10th October - MINDFUL EMPLOYER is delighted to have been invited to chair a main stage discussion at the Fifth Annual Disability Matters Europe Conference in Parma, Italy.
8th-9th November – CIPD Annual Conference in Manchester. MINDFUL EMPLOYER will be at Stand A25 in the Exhibition area so do come and say hello.
And… Two new countries who will be joining Australia, Canada and New Zealand in developing MINDFUL EMPLOYER internationally. More details soon!
Sharing Good Practice
It’s always helpful to be aware of how other employers support their staff, so this month here’s a couple of examples from the public sector:
Gateshead College recently had a new member of staff start and while initially they didn't declare their mental illness, it was highlighted during their standard pre-employment health check. The employee suffered from anxiety, particularly when faced with new, unknown situations. This was triggered when they started with the College. Following a supportive meeting with their Line Manager and an appointment with the Occupational Health nurse, a number of strategies were implemented to support the employee, including the allocation of a mentor, regular check ins with their Line Manager and for a temporary period, reduced working hours. The employee is now happily engaged at work and no further concerns have been identified.
A recently-recruited employee to York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust had a number of short-term absences that were stress-related and was referred to Occupational Health by his manager. He was seen by an in-house mental health nurse for assessment who identified that a relapse in a long-term anxiety disorder (linked with a previous experience of bullying in the workplace) had been triggered by high levels of work stress and some difficulties in relationships with colleagues. She referred him to the in-house clinical psychologist for assessment and therapy. He was accepted for a course of cognitive behavioural therapy sessions that he engaged well with and found he benefitted from. During these sessions, he spoke more about the difficulties within his department. As some new training for managers in leading a mentally healthy workforce/ mental health awareness was being piloted at this time, the manager of the employee's team was invited to attend one of these sessions. In addition, the employee was referred back to the mental health nurse in Occupational Health who helped him to develop an Action Plan that identified early warning signs of stress that he and his manager may notice, and suggested ideas around workplace adjustments and support that he felt he would like to receive from his manager. The mental health nurse then met with both the employee and his manager to discuss the plan. His manager agreed to the proposals and gave feedback that he found the process helpful and it increased his confidence in supporting the employee. The employee himself gave feedback that the process made him feel more comfortable in having a conversation about his mental health with his manager. The employee was contacted by the mental health nurse 3 months after the Action Plan was agreed and he
gave feedback that he was doing well. He was encouraged to contact the mental health nurse should he feel that it would be helpful to review his Action Plan in future.