The Mindful Employer initiative aims to help empower employers to take a lead in supporting the mental wellbeing of their staff. By signing the ‘Charter for Employer Positive About Mental Health’, we have made a public statement of our desire to support the mental health of our staff across the HBC organisation.
Keeping Well at Work
Everybody responds differently to the stresses and strains of modern life. We all need and, to a degree, thrive on pressure: it gives us energy, helps with performance and inspires confidence. But excessive pressure can lead to stress. Stress may become a problem when someone feels they don’t have the resources to cope with the demands placed upon them. Harmful levels of stress can lead to a mental health condition such as anxiety or depression. 1 in 4 people experience mental ill-health at some point in their life.
Employers have an important role in improving work-life balance and it is generally recognised that work is good for health and wellbeing. But for many, ‘work’ means overcoming obstacles, excessive expectations, and challenging colleagues. For others, though, the causes of stress, anxiety or depression may not be work-related: with difficulties such as bereavement, finance, relationship breakdown, family issues, etc causing problems. Indeed, non-work related stress, anxiety, and depression cause more sickness absence than work-related difficulties. At such times, work may be the ‘safe place’: the place where there is support and fulfilment.
HBC ‘s Commitment as an Employer
As an employer we recognise that in the UK, people experiencing mental ill health continue to report stigma and discrimination at work. Having signed the ‘Charter for Employers Positive about Mental Health’ with Mindful Employer we are committed to creating a supportive and open culture, where colleagues feel able to talk about mental health confidently, and aspire to appropriately support the mental wellbeing of all staff.
As an employer, we have made an on-going commitment to:
Provide non-judgemental and proactive support to staff experiencing mental ill health.
Not make assumptions about a person with a mental health condition and their ability to work.
Be positive and enabling towards all employees and job applicants with a mental health condition.
Support line managers in managing mental health in the workplace.
Ensure we are fair in the recruitment of new staff in accordance with the Equality Act (2010).
Make it clear that people who have experienced mental ill health will not be discriminated against, and that disclosure of a mental health problem will enable both the employee and employer to assess and provide the right level of support or adjustment.
Five Ways to Wellbeing
This nationally recognised approach of 5 evidence based actions, can help promote wellbeing and could help you find some time for yourself, identify what you enjoy doing and restore your work-life balance.
With the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day. Be active…
Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness. Take notice…
Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you. Keep learning…
Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun. Give…
Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.