This week (14-20 May 2018) is Mental Health Awareness Week and at Clarion we’re focusing on helping employers create a mentally healthy workplace where everyone feels valued and supported.
We have recently written some guidance on how you can achieve this through practical steps on our latest blog.
On 3rd May, we organised a Mental Health Seminar to offer advice to businesses about employees with mental health conditions. The feedback from the attendees demonstrated that:
- 50% had heard about Mental Health Awareness Week;
- 25% have Mental Health First Aiders in their organisation; and
- 10% have an Employee Assistance Programme in their organisation.
These figures are really encouraging as they show that our clients and professional contacts are taking steps to make mental health in the workplace a priority.
At Clarion, we have implemented the following initiatives to support both the mental and physical wellbeing of our employees:
- We held a “Wellness Month” in January where massages, yoga sessions and “Resilience Training” sessions delivered by Leeds Mind were available throughout the month.
- Two clarion employees, Nicola Moyes (HR Assistant) and Clare King (Legal Director in our private client team) undertook training last month to become Mental Health First Aiders in the workplace.
- Fresh fruit is delivered weekly and is available free to all employees.
- Our employee benefits package includes a free online wellness tool through our employee engagement platform, Perkbox, which includes nutritional information and online mindfulness sessions, a 24/7 confidential helpline for health queries, a cycle to work scheme and a medical cash plan.
- We provided all employees with a Clarion branded pedometer as part of our “From the office to the town hall” campaign to increase the number of steps taken daily by employees, ahead of the Leeds 10K Corporate Challenge. This takes place on 8 July and which is sponsored by Clarion.
If you have any questions about mental health at work, please contact Joanna Dodd, Senior Associate in our Employment team on 0113 336 3318 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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