What is the Time to Change Employer Pledge?
When you sign the Employer Pledge you demonstrate your commitment to change how we think and act about mental health in the workplace and make sure that employees who are facing these problems feel supported.
By signing the Pledge you will join a growing movement of more than 500 employers in England across all sectors from FTSE 100 companies and leading retailers to Government departments and local authorities.
Mental health is an issue your organisation can’t afford to ignore:
- 1 in 4 British workers are affected by conditions like anxiety, depression and stress every year
- Mental ill-health is the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK, costing an average of £1,035 per employee per year
- 95% of employees calling in sick with stress gave a different reason
Looking after the mental health of your employees makes business sense: tackling stigma can make a real difference to sickness absence rates, presenteeism levels, staff wellbeing and productivity, and retention. Since signing the Employer Pledge, 95% of employers said it had a positive impact on their organisation.
What happens when I sign up to the Pledge?
Time to Change will work with you to develop an action plan to get your employees talking about mental health. This could include small actions such as running events for World Mental Health Day, to larger ones such as training line managers so they feel comfortable having conversations about mental health with their line reports.
Once your action plan action has been finalised we will send you a Pledge board that a senior leader can sign in front of your employees to mark your commitment.
We will offer dedicated support throughout the Pledge process as well as a year of support after you sign. This includes coaching on your action plan, connections to other employers (look at our map to see who has pledged near you) and free masterclasses where you can learn from leading employers on how they have achieved success. Find out more about our Employer Accelerator Programme >
All our signed organisations commit to normalising the conversation about mental health in the workplace. We love to showcase great examples of how they have used the Employer Pledge and our seven key principles to provide ideas for what you can do in your workplace.
If you would like to arrange your Employer Pledge signing for Time to Talk Day on 1st February or during that week, we will need to receive your Action Plan by 20th December 2017 to guarantee sufficient time to review. Action plans received after this date may need to wait until end of February to be reviewed depending on numbers.
Have you completed your action plan? Submit it here.
Do you want to encourage your employer to sign the Pledge but not sure how to go about this? View our top tips
Is your employer an emergency services organisation? Find out more about signing the Blue Light Time to Change Pledge.
If you have any questions, please contact our Employers team.