Mindful Employer’s New Year resolution for Swindon employers

By Anita Jaynes on 4 January, 2016

A Swindon specialist on workplace mental health and employment law urges businesses to discover more on the subject to avoid potential problems in the future.

Lauren Harkin, a Senior Associate at Withy King, said: “Over the last ten years the employment law implications regarding mental health in the workplace and the duty of care employers have towards their staff have changed significantly. All too often employers fail to appreciate the impact that stress, anxiety and depression can have on an employee – and the damage it can cause to their brand reputation and as a result lower productivity. I strongly urge all Swindon businesses to attend the Mental health@work event being staged by the Swindon Mindful Employer Network on 1 March which helps employers avoid the pitfalls and be more aware of the legal implications of an overly stressful environment.”

Mental health@work will take place on Tuesday 1 March at Arclite House – the headquarters of Excalibur Communications. Lauren Harkin of Withy King will be joined by James Phipps, Chief Executive of Excalibur, who has offered his personal support to the network by staging the best practice session.

Guest speakers include Dr Donna Lovell and Suzanne Baxter of Swindon Mind who will present a taster session from the popular Mental Health First Aid courses which will concentrate on the subject of anxiety. Lisa Monis of Work Smart Work Savvy will explore the approach managers should adopt when handling stress within the workforce.

Melanie Richens, Chair of the Swindon Mindful Employer Network, will welcome delegates and introduce guest speakers.

Melanie  believes businesses need to put mental health at work best practice at the top of their corporate list of New Year resolutions. She said:

“Our event highlights employment law and workplace stress but also provides best practice for mental health at work and advice to local employers in an informal environment. This is a perfect forum to share experience and increase understanding of this important subject. Mental ill-health blights an individual’s life and career but the damage to a business can also be underestimated. That is why a savvy business makes time to attend the Swindon Mindful Employer Network which is completely free to local companies. Make a point of attending the network meetings in 2016 and learn how to be a mindful employer.”

Excalibur and The Business Exchange Swindon & Wiltshire will be supporting this network session.

Places for this event are available for representatives of Swindon employers only. Booking is essential.

For more information about this event please contact: smen@swindonmind.org