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Employers Information

Having a healthy and happy workforce means that as an employer you think about the wellbeing of your staff. 1 in 6 workers experience mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and excessive stress. These issues can affect anyone in the workplace and yet there is still stigma, fear and prejudice around this issue. There are ways you as an employer can make a difference to your staff and your workplace. To create a mentally healthy workplace you need to develop a comprehensive strategy that:

  • promotes wellbeing for all staff
  • tackles work-related mental health problems
  • supports staff who are experiencing mental distress.

By doing this, you will create a place your employees want to work in and where they can perform well. In this section you can find help and support for you to do this.

 

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Employer Services within Kent and Medway

KMPT Job Retention Service

KMPT Job Retention Service is available to support employers who have staff experiencing mental ill health get back into the workplace after a period of sick leave. This service aims to work with any in-house job retention or employee sickness programmes already in place, and aims to work with employers to develop return to work strategies for their staff. In this service a Vocational Advisor completes a detailed individual vocational assessment with each client and then, with their permission, contacts their employer to arrange a workplace assessment and plan a return to work.

For more information on this scheme click here or contact the Vocational Service Manager Heather Penn via email: Heather.Penn@kmpt.nhs.uk

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Legal Responsibilities

Under the Disability and Equality Act 2010 you, as an employer, have a legal responsibility to ensure that you do not discriminate against disabled people, and this includes people with mental health needs. The Disability and Equality Act 2010 covers areas that include:

  • recruitment procedures and proficiency tests
  • terms of employment including pay
  • promotion, transfer and training opportunities
  • dismissal or redundancy
  • discipline and grievances

As an employer you are also expected to make reasonable changes to applications, interviews and work to ensure that people are not disadvantaged.

ACAS have produced a guide about what is new for employers with the Equalities Act 2010, you can see this guide by clicking here.  Or to read more at the Government Equalities Office, click here.

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Steps to Make Your Workplace Healthy and Well

It’s good business sense to support employees who are experiencing problems with mental health, and luckily there is guidance and a lot of online tools to support you in making your workplace healthy and well.

The Workplace Wellbeing Charter is a free resource which has an online tool for measuring stress as well listing some steps to make your workplace wellbeing friendly. You can see the charter by clicking here.

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Guides for Employers

Here we have complied some useful links that should help support you in becoming a mentally healthy workplace:

What is a mental health problem and what treatment is available? Access the Mind guide by clicking here.

The Time to Change Campaign also contains a lot of information, support and guidance to help employers. To access this information click here.

Health Work Well-being is a government lead initative which aims to protect and improve the health and wellbeing of employees, to access their website click here.

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MINDFUL EMPLOYER®

A scheme for employers by employers. Led and supported by employers, the MINDFUL EMPLOYER® initiative is aimed at increasing awareness of mental health at work and providing support for businesses in recruiting and retaining staff. Since its launch over one million people work for employers who have signed the MINDFUL EMPLOYER® charter, to see the charter click here.

Becoming a MINDFUL EMPLOYER®:

  • shows others and your own staff that you are a good employer
  • expresses your corporate social responsibility
  • reduces recruitment and training costs
  • helps towards complying with legislation (e.g. Equality Act & HSE)
  • reduces sickness levels
  • enhances customer service
  • improves productivity
  • makes you more attractive to people with mental health issues and others
  • helps you retain staff who have experienced discrimination in the past
  • makes yours a healthier workplace

To read more about becoming a MINDFUL EMPLOYER® click here.

MINDFUL EMPLOYER® also have local networks to help support you, whether you are a big or small employer. To find out more about connecting into the South East Region MINDFUL EMPLOYER® network contact:

Lynn Marchant at:

Telephone: 07881 816232

Email:  lynnmarchant@talktalk.net

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