What is the Time to Change Employer Action Plan?

In order to achieve lasting, cultural change it’s important to create a plan of tangible, measurable activity to address how your workplace thinks and acts about mental health.

The Employer Action Plan was first developed to underpin organisational change projects in support of the Employer Pledge, but following the Pledge's retirement can make for a useful internal resource for those beginning their employee mental health and wellbeing journeys.

Built upon the 2017 Thriving at Work Standards, the plan provides a framework for an organisation to consider the interventions it can deliver in tackling stigma and discrimination around mental health in a format that is easy to share and communicate across your business

How to develop your Employer Action Plan

Download the guide to find out everything you need to know, then use the template below to complete your Employer Action Plan. 

Download your Employer Action Plan Guide (PDF, 2MB)
Download your Employer Action Plan Template (DOCX, 23KB)

The Thriving at Work Standards

The Time to Change Employer Action Plan was redeveloped in 2019 to build on the standards, recommendations, evidence base and best practice guidance found in the 2017 Thriving at Work Report produced by Paul Farmer, Mind CEO, and Lord Stevenson on behalf of the UK Government. 

Read how each standard relates to mental health stigma and how to complete each section of your Time to Change Employer Action Plan:

Core Standard 1: Produce, implement and communicate a mental health at work plan (PDF, 3MB)

Core Standard 2: Develop mental health awareness among employees (PDF, 2MB)

Core Standard 3: Encourage open conversations about mental health and the support available when employees are struggling (PDF, 4MB)

Core Standard 4: Provide employees with good working conditions and ensure they have a healthy work life balance and opportunities for development (PDF, 2MB)

Core Standard 5: Promote effective people management through line managers and supervisors (PDF, 3MB)

Core Standard 6: Routinely monitor employee mental health and wellbeing (PDF, 2MB)