Advice for employers
Further guidance on supporting you and your staff is provided below. Download a copy of this information.
This guidance is for employers in Gloucestershire who want to know more about how to support their staff to maintain positive mental health and wellbeing. You may be a small enterprise or larger organisation; whatever the size of your workforce there is plenty of information here to help you.
In November 2020, a letter was sent to employers in Gloucestershire by Sarah Scott, Director of Public Health at Gloucestershire County Council. This letter provides further information on support services for those who may be struggling with their wellbeing due to Covid-19. Read the Letter to Employers here.
You may also be interested in this page which includes information for those who may be at risk of experiencing financial hardship due to job loss/end of furlough/redundancy.
- How is your workforce responding to Covid-19?
- Embedding wellbeing support within your organisation
- Employee Assistance Programmes
- Supporting staff that may be more vulnerable or more at risk
- Working from home
- Promoting the Five Ways to Wellbeing within the workplace
- Local wellbeing support
- Local training
It is useful for leaders and managers to find out more about the local resources that are available to them, so they are able to effectively signpost their workforce who may be struggling to find the appropriate service.
Healthy Workplaces Gloucestershire
Providing free support for local employers of any size, with a comprehensive framework to guide you through all aspects of health and wellbeing in the workplace. Contact the team to find out more.
Freephone: 0800 122 3788
Visit their website, which is full of tips, ideas and guidance on how to get started with your workplace wellbeing strategy. They have brought together a wide range of free, trusted and government supported resources to help businesses work through their framework.
For more ideas on promoting and supporting positive mental wellbeing in the workplace have a look at the Mental Wellbeing and Stress Reduction pages from Healthy Workplaces Gloucestershire.
Gloucestershire County Council
GLOW – Gloucestershire Positive Actions for better Mental Wellbeing. Show your organisation’s commitment to this initiative by declaring your pledge.
The Access to Work Mental Health Support Service in Gloucestershire is a free service delivered by Remploy on behalf of Access to Work.
- CIPD, in collaboration with Mind, has developed a People managers’ guide to mental health at work. There is advice, suggestions and tips on how to have conversations around mental health and wellbeing in the workplace, as well as facts and information on mental health. They also have a new comprehensive section on Coronavirus (COVID-19): Mental health support for employees
- Health and Safety Executive (HSE) offer Advice for managers on mental ill health conditions and a Talking Toolkit: preventing work related stress on their website. If your company does not yet have one, it is worth developing a stress policy. The Health and Safety Executive offer advice and an example stress policy on their website
- Mental Health at Work have collated information on Coronavirus and Isolation: supporting yourself and your colleagues
- Mental Health First Aid England offer mental health training, both as online and face-to-face options. They have a wide range of free seminars on their website, covering topics such as managing mental health in different sectors and supporting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic colleagues
- Mental Health Foundation has put together information on Looking after your mental health while working during the coronavirus outbreak. They also have published a guide on How to support mental health at work for employers
- Public Health England, in partnership with Business in the Community, have produced a toolkit called COVID-19: employee health and wellbeing to support employers
- Time to Change is a growing social movement working to change the way we all think and act about mental health problems. There are many free workplace resources on their website that can be used to show employees that you are open to talking about mental wellbeing, making them more likely to open up