The Swindon Mindful Employer Network staged another popular best practice session looking into important aspects of mental health in the workplace on 1 March.
More than 100 representatives of businesses in the town and across the Swindon region came together in The Cloud conference centre in Excalibur ITs office at Arclite House in West Swindon to listen to guest speakers including Dr Donna Lovell, right, and Suzanne Baxter of Swindon Mind, who presented a taster session from the popular Mental Health First Aid courses, concentrating on the subject of anxiety.
Lisa Monis of Work Smart Work Savvy explored the approach managers should adopt when handling stress within the workforce, whilst Lauren Harkin, Senior Associate at Withy King specialising in employment law, talked about the legal implications for employers of mental ill-health in the workforce.
James Phipps said:“We were delighted to host this awareness and learning session because we realise the essential role mental health plays in developing a successful business environment.
“Businesses can no longer ignore the impact of mental wellness on productivity and profitability – an engaged and healthy workforce is a key factor. Yet a lot of employers are afraid of tackling mental health issues in the workplace, but it’s not something they can ignore and still be a successful business.
“The Swindon Mindful Employer Network has gone from strength to strength since it formed in 2008 and Excalibur is a keen supporter. The network offers business an important point of information, support and sharing of good practice and we were happy to offer our facilities in conjunction with Swindon Mind.”
Lauren Harkin of Withy King said: “The session aimed to raise awareness of employment law and the need for better communication and training across a business so that managers are better prepared to respond to staff who experience mental health problems. It’s important that managers know how to spot the signs of changes in employee mental health so that they can deal with concerns before they escalate in an appropriate and sensitive way.
“It means businesses have to look at the overall culture that runs through their organisation, which means being aware of the demands put on employees and what the right work-life balance is.”
David Latham, who manages the Swindon Mindful Employer Network at Swindon Mind, commented: “The involvement by Excalibur and the personal interest by James Phipps in our work is very exciting. It demonstrates that mental health at work has shot up the agenda for businesses from a variety of sectors. Excalibur is a success story and respected brand in the area and we are extremely pleased to be able to work closely with James and his team now and in the future.”