One Week On…
The recent World Mental Health Day generated a lot of interest in MINDFUL EMPLOYER on social media and we were delighted that a number of employers took advantage of the occasion to buy publications and also to sign the Charter. Thank you for your support and interest and we are happy to help you take further action to improve workplace mental health so do please get in touch.
New Charter Signatories
Over 1,750 employers have been a Charter signatory at some point since the initiative began 13 years ago this week. The newest signatories are…
AliMo Care Ltd Bristol
Assist Security Limited London
Choices Advocacy Southampton
Cygnus Support Ashington, Northumberland
GKN Aerospace Bristol
Halifax Opportunities Trust
Harris CM Ltd Pontefract
HB Projects Ltd Bradford
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Mayden House Ltd Bath
Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
NHS Castle Point and Rochford Clinical Commissioning Group Leigh on Sea
Open Forum Events Manchester
Southern England Farms Ltd Hayle Cornwall
Southern Housing Group London
The Poppy Factory Richmond Surrey
The Works Recruitment Leeds
Thurlbear Primary School Taunton
Treloar Trust Alton Hampshire
University West of England
Vygon UK Ltd Swindon
So, whether you employ 9 people (like Cygnus Support) or 16,000 (Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust) or are in the private, voluntary or public sector, the Charter provides a tangible way of showing support for the mental wellbeing of your staff. Over 170 employers have taken this step so far this year – that’s more than the whole of 2016. For more information visit www.mindfulemployer.net/charter
Nearly 100 signatories have also signed up for MINDFUL EMPLOYER Plus providing confidential helplines for staff and managers. MINDFUL EMPLOYER Plus is one of a number of exclusive offers and discounts for Charter signatories.
Sharing Good Practice
Shropshire based Charter signatory, CRB Disclosure Services Ltd employs 16 people and has the following good practice in place:
- Mindful Employer Plus service Staff Helpline & Managerial Adviceline
- Bi-monthly, every team member has a one on one 'chat' session with their line manager or a preferred colleague.
- Everyone is set up to work flexibly, either at home or in our office setting.
- And they make it possible for all colleagues to have a good 'Work/Life' balance
This supportive approach was especially beneficial to one member of staff as Managing Director, Caroline Clark explains, ‘A colleague had a close family member bereavement. We gave practical support with compassionate leave prior to and after their family member died. We also signposted to different support services available and reinforced our availability at any time to chat to. We also adjusted their duties to match their desire to have less customer facing contact for a while.’
Mental Health Awareness Training
We’ve seen an increase in the number of organisations requesting workshops for their managers and staff and are currently in the process of increasing the number of people who facilitate these. Workshops can be delivered on site and both content and length can be made to suit your requirements. There’s more information about our standard workshops at www.mindfulemployer.net/awareness
In other news…
We were very pleased to be ‘High Commended’ at the recent National Mental Health Positive Practice Awards and to be featured at the Disability Matters Europe conference in 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.
5th-6th December – Launch of the Good Work & Mental Wellbeing Lab in Nottingham run by Fresh Thinking Labs in conjunction with MINDFUL EMPLOYER. An opportunity for employers to explore leading edge practice and identifying practical, evidence-based solutions with follow up events and visits to participating companies in 2018.