Do you want to encourage your organisation to sign the Time to Change Employer Pledge?
It’s never been more important to tackle mental health stigma in the workplace, but it can be hard to know how to encourage your employer to get involved. To help, we have put together a set of resources to help you introduce the Pledge to key decision-makers in your organisation.
Go ahead and download:
- a document explaining the Time to Change Employer Pledge and why your employer should sign it;
- a powerpoint presentation with background about the Pledge and information on what other organisations have done, with a space for you to edit your ideas.
Both of these are templates: feel free to adapt them for your organisation if it would be helpful!
Our three top tips for getting your employer involved:
1. Arrange a meeting
If you are able to, we would recommend trying to book in a meeting with a key decision-maker (potentially someone in HR) to discuss bringing Time to Change to your workplace.
2. Have statistics on hand
Here are our top five statistics for you to persuade your organisation to take mental health seriously:
- Almost one in three people have experienced mental health problems while in employment
- 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
- FTSE 100 companies that prioritise employee engagement and wellbeing outperform the rest of the FTSE 100 by an average of 10%
- 48% said they would not talk to their employer about their mental health
3. Have some ideas for potential activities
There are lots of different things you can do to tackle stigma, and it will be easier to persuade your employer if you have some concrete ideas on what to do. For example, you could run events for key dates such as Time to Talk Day and World Mental Health Day, provide information about mental health, or share personal experiences of mental health problems through blogs on the intranet. Check out our page on making an impact in your workplace for more ideas.
Once your employer has agreed to sign the Pledge, make sure they register their interest on our website. They will then be able to download the action plan and supporting guidance.
If you have any questions or need any help with this at all, please do get in touch.