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So, the question is, as an employer or HR professional in Somerset are you fully aware of your responsibilities towards your employees and colleagues’ wellbeing?
What’s more, do you understand the huge positive impacts, such as reduced sick days and boosted productivity that good mental health in your workforce can bring to your business?
These vital questions and more will be addressed during a special one-day conference taking place in Taunton and Bristol next month.
The interactive “Mental Health in the Workplace” event, will be led by employment & HR experts from leading law firm Clarke Willmott along with a number of specialist guest speakers.
Paula Squire, Partner at Clarke Willmott and employment & HR specialist, said: “Not so long ago if an employee went to their employer about a mental health issue, such as depression or anxiety, they’d be told to go away and ‘pull it together’.
“Thankfully though times have changed; not only is it now the right thing to do for businesses to pay attention to any employees’ mental health issues, it is also a legal responsibility.”
The consequences of companies not recognising workers’ mental health can be dire, causing issues such as increased sick days and dramatically lowered productivity.
It can also leave a business’s management open to legal claims against them, such as disability discrimination and unfair or constructive dismissal.
“With this seminar we are asking the question: ‘do you really know how to deal with the situation when a colleague says they are struggling with their mental health?’” continued Paula Squire.
“We’ll go over issues such as discrimination and ‘when does work related stress become a personal injury?’ and ‘how to navigate a referral to Occupational Health and understand a report’, as well as exploring whether an employer is liable and the legal tests and hurdles to overcome.
“We’ll also investigate the root causes of stress, the factors that affect mental health and the tell-tale signs that action is required.”
Attendees will also be equipped with practical tools and knowledge, such as an overview of Mental Health First Aid, policies and procedures to put in place and when and where to make reasonable adjustments to the working environment.
Paula added: “The key thing for company managers to recognise is that staff’ mental health should always be taken seriously – the consequences of ignoring these issues are potentially hugely damaging, but a positive and proactive approach can reap significant rewards in the workplace.”
For more information about Clarke Willmott’s Mental Health in the Workplace seminar please contact Paula directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.clarkewillmott.com/events/mental-health-in-the-workplace-conference-2019/