What can I do as an employer to support employee mental health?
Firstly, it is important that mental health is recognised in the same way as physical health, both can be debilitating and should be a concern of any employer. It is important to have a wellbeing policy in place which sets out the support offered. Furthermore it is useful to have trained mental health first aiders within the workplace to support those in need.
What are reasonable adjustments?
Adjustments are steps you can take, specific to a particular employee, so that employee can continue doing their job. Reasonable adjustments in the workplace are ones that are effective for the employee and but are also reasonable and not too costly or disruptive to the business. As well as it being a legal requirement under the Equality Act 2010 for defined disabilities, including long-term and debilitating mental health, it’s good practice for businesses to make adjustments for anyone affected by mental health or stress at work.
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