Hereward College News

Friday, 9 March 2012

Hereward College - Mindful Employer

As an employer, Hereward College understands that time lost due to stress, anxiety or depression represents a considerable cost to the organisation.

While taking part in the Mindful Employer initiative, Hereward College aims to safeguard the mental health of its staff and save the time and cost associated with sickness absence. Our objectives are to increase awareness of mental health at work and make sure that the right support is provided to the people with mental health issues in order to make sure they can continue employment effectively.

We are pleased to announce that Hereward College is now officially a Mindful Employer. We have signed the Charter which confirms our commitment to work towards the principles of the Charter and minimise any disadvantages to people with mental health issues.

The principles of the Charter For Employers Who Are Positive About Mental Health are the following:

As an employer we recognise that:
  • People who have mental health issues may have experienced discrimination in recruitment and selection procedures. This may discourage them from seeking employment.
  • Whilst some people will acknowledge their experience of mental health issues in a frank and open way, others fear that stigma will jeopardise their chances of getting a job.
  • Given appropriate support, the vast majority of people who have experienced mental ill health continue to work successfully as do many with on-going issues.
As an employer we aim to:
  • Show a positive and enabling attitude to employees and job applicants with mental health issues. This will include positive statements in local recruitment literature.
  • Ensure that all staff involved in recruitment and selection are briefed on mental health issues and The Equality Act 2010, and given appropriate interview skills.
  • Make it clear in any recruitment or occupational health check that people who have experienced mental health issues will not be discriminated against and that disclosure of a mental health problem will enable both employee and employer to assess and provide the right level of support or adjustment.
  • Not make assumptions that a person with a mental health problem will be more vulnerable to workplace stress or take more time off than any other employee or job applicant.
  • Provide non-judgemental and proactive support to individual staff who experience mental health issues.
  • Ensure all line managers have information and training about managing mental health in the workplace. 
Ben Arnold, HR Manager at Hereward College, wanted to add that 'The Charter is a voluntary agreement seeking to support the College in working within the spirit of its positive approach. The Charter is about working towards the principles mentioned above and not the immediate fulfilment of them. Signing up is a step along a journey and most definitely not the end of it.'


For more information about the latest achievements of the Hereward HR Department also look at our Investors in People Report ,our Two Tick Scheme Accreditation and the TES FE Outstanding HR Team Award 2011


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1 comment:

  1. Congratulations, it is so good to hear that there are employers who are sympathetic to mental health needs. There is certainly a lack of understanding employers around, so keep up the good work.

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