Tuesday 31st July 2018

Supporting mental health at work

Article By Dave Morman

Last year, the government launched its ‘Thriving at Work’ report, written by Dennis Stevenson and Paul Farmer, which gave businesses six guidelines on what makes ‘good work’ and how employers can support employees’ mental health.

Now the City Mental Health Alliance (CMHA), a coalition of City businesses and senior leaders, has released a guide to implementing the recommendations. It highlights good practice and includes tools for self-assessment of the workplace.

What does it mean for business?

While the Stevenson/Farmer report might not put any legal demands on employers, its key recommendations are a good best practice guide to helping employees have a good experience at work.

These include

  • Creating plans to implement and communicate mental health at work
  • Developing mental health awareness for employees
  • Promoting effective people management through line management
  • Introducing routine monitoring of employee mental health and wellbeing
  • Employers to encourage open conversations about mental health and the support available
  • Provide employees with good working conditions to ensure they have a healthy work-life balance as well as opportunities for development

Taking practical steps to improve employee engagement and offer support with mental health issues has benefits for employers as well, helping to improve productivity and reduce sickness absence. Making this type of cultural change in the workplace can also mean putting appropriate benefits in place, such as an employee assistance programme, to give all employees the help they need.

Please speak to your Brunsdon Financial Adviser to make sure that your benefit strategy aligns with your goals to improve workplace wellbeing

View the guide

Sources:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/658145/thriving-at-work-stevenson-farmer-review.pdf

http://citymha.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/CMHA-Thriving-at-Work-Guide-final-PDF.pdf

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