Supporting Employee Mental Health and Wellbeing
Digital transformation and increasing diversity within the modern workplace are themes affecting all sectors in Scotland, whilst the challenges of creating and keeping a healthy workforce depend on organisational capacity, budget, structure and time.
Industry research suggests that 56% of employers want to do more to improve staff well-being but feel that they don't have the right training or guidance to do so.
Employers play a critical role in supporting employee mental health and wellbeing and with the fast-changing nature of work, there has never been a more vital time for organisations to put wellbeing at the heart of their culture.
Join us at this briefing for an update on your legal duties as an employer and the policy context of workplace mental health and wellbeing. We will examine the strategies, tools and approaches available to different organisations including stress management and early interventions and share good practice case studies to help you understand what more you can do to create a healthy workplace.
Run in partnership with:
Scotland's first social enterprise focusing on stress prevention and early mental health intervention in the workplace
Key issues to be addressed:
- Employers' legal duties for supporting employee mental health and wellbeing
- The policy context of mental health in Scotland and what this means for employers
- The business case for improving employee support and guidelines for changing workplace practice
- Stress management and practical solutions for supporting employees including mindfulness
- What kind of support do different employees need
- Overcoming barriers to providing support in the workplace
09:00 Registration and Refreshments
09:45 Welcome and Introduction from the Chair
Professor Abigail Marks, Professor of Work and Employment Studies, Director of Research, Edinburgh Business School, Heriot Watt University
Session 1: Context, Policy and Legal Update
09:50 Mental Health in the Workplace: Equality and Human Rights
- Employers’ legal duties towards employee mental health and wellbeing from a human rights and equality perspective
- Mental health, incapacity and the law in Scotland
Professor Jill Stavert, Acting Head of Law and Director of the Centre for Mental Health and Capacity Law, The Business School, Edinburgh Napier University
10:10 The Landscape of mental health policy in Scotland
- What does the new mental health strategy mean for workplace mental health
Chris O'Sullivan, Head of Business Development and Engagement, Mental Health Foundation
10:30 Working Well in Scotland: Three Pillars for a Flourishing Workplace
- Wellbeing and productivity, resilience and agility, inspiring and engaging leaders
- Workplace mental health:the business case for delivering improved support
Dr John McGurk, Head of CIPD Scotland
10:50 Questions and discussion
11:10 Refreshments and Networking
11:30 Session 2: Workshop on Strategies for Supporting Employees and Creating A Positive Working Environment
- Treating mental health training as a mandatory part of workplace health and safety
- Practical mental health, wellbeing and stress management solutions for supporting employees
- What steps your organisation can take towards creating a positive workplace environment
Catherine Eadie, Founding Director, MHScot Workplace Wellbeing CIC & Carol Rutherford, Director, MHScot
12.30 Networking Lunch
Session 3: Good Practice Case Studies
In this session we will explore what worked for different employers aiming to improve their employee mental health and wellbeing. We examine what kind of support employees want and the barriers that employers face when implementing strategies and how these were overcome.
13:20 Case studies: North Yorkshire Police and South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust
- Delivering a reduction in absences
- Tackling wellbeing in different areas of the organisation
David Shaw CBE, Founder, Director of Unicorn ARC
Hamish Moore, Founder, Owner of Wellbeing Works
Andy Kane, Head of Health, Safety and Wellbeing at the South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust
14:20 Practising Mindfulness in the Workplace
- What is mindfulness?
- What benefits can it bring to you and your organisation?
- Experiencing mindfulness
Karen Barr, Mindfulness Leader, Be Switched On Ltd
15:00 Questions and Discussion
15.30 Event Close
*subject to changes without notice