HEALTH AND SAFETY AT WORK EXTENDS FAR BEYOND AVOIDING PHYSICAL HAZARDS. EMPLOYERS ARE LEGALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR REMOVING AVOIDABLE CAUSES OF POOR MENTAL HEALTH FROM THE WORKPLACE. EMPLOYERS CAN BE HELD LIABLE FOR FAILURE TO TAKE REASONABLE STEPS TO DO THIS.
THE BEST WAY FOR EMPLOYERS TO AVOID LIABILITY IS TO PROACTIVELY PROMOTE POSITIVE MENTAL HEALTH IN THE WORKPLACE.
MENTAL HEALTH PODS
We provide a safe space for employees to share mental health concerns related or unrelated to work. Being an external mental health support provider will ensure staff of privacy and confidentiality when seeking help. Workers may access us by self-referral or by employer referral. Support is provided by email, telephone or face-to-face online. We utilise methodologies based on cognitive behavioural therapy.
MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING
We provide mental health support training for managers and/or appointed workplace mental health leads. We also train staff to recognise serious issues with their colleagues and to sensitively raise concerns with them and/or appropriate parties. Training is CPD accredited and in keeping with essential ACAS and government guidance.
ISO 45003 IS CHANGING THE FACE OF WORKPLACE
The British Standards Institute (BSI) has created the first global standard -
ISO 45003 - for the management of psychological health in the workplace. Scheduled for publication in July 2021, this places even greater emphasis on employers to take the initiative in workplace wellness.
It is no longer appropriate to be merely reactive about mental health.
ACAS statistics indicate that up to 76% of employees experience work-related stress, which has serious cost implications for organisations (i.e., chronic or long-term absenteeism, Employment Tribunal claims and repetitive recruitment). As such, providing a supportive and positive workplace environment has both monetary and ethical value. Get ahead of the game now and make sure your organisation reflects current guidance and standards on workplace mental health.