November 2017 - Thriving at work – a review of mental health and employers

Thriving at work – a review of mental health and employers

A recent government commissioned independent review has looked at how employers can better support those in employment, in particular those with mental ill health or poor well-being, to enable them to remain in and thrive through work. Like the recent “Taylor Review” of work there is a strong focus on the idea of “good work”, work that gives the worker satisfaction not just a pay packet. Whilst job satisfaction is probably more prevalent in the performing arts sector than in other sectors this does not mean mental health issues can be ignored. Some key points from the report include:

  • We all have mental health issues and fluctuate between thriving, struggling and in some cases being ill and unable to work.
  • An individual can have a serious mental health problem but, with the right support, can still thrive at work.
  • We all need to become more aware of our mental health health, other peoples’ mental health and how to cope when mental health fluctuates.

The review’s vision is that in ten years’ time:
- All employees will have “good work”, which contributes positively to their mental health and to society and the economy
- Everyone will have the knowledge, tools and confidence to understand and look after their own mental health and the mental health of those around them.
All organisations will be:
- equipped with the awareness and tools to address and prevent mental ill-health caused or worsened by work.
- aware of how to get access to timley help to reduce sickness absence caused by mental ill health

  • These measures will result in a dramatic reduction in the number of people with a long term mental health condition who leave employment each year.
  • The report sets out “mental core health standards”, a framework for actions that all organisations are able to implement quickly –
  • Produce, implement and communicate a mental health at work plan.
  • Develop mental health awareness among employees.
  • Encourage open conversations about mental health and the support available.
  • Provide employees with good working conditions and ensure they have a healthy work/life balance and opportunities for development.
  • Promote effective people management through line managers and supervisors.
  • Routinely monitor employee mental health and well being.

The full review can be read online here