Swindon Mindful Employer hosts event aimed at managing employee stress

By Anita Jaynes on 3 March, 2015

An event which highlights mental health issues in the workplace is being hosted by Nationwide Building Society in association with the Swindon Mindful Employer Network and Mindset Wessex.

Following the highly successful network conference hosted at Nationwide House in Swindon in November 2014, the team are returning to talk to local employers about the importance of recognising mental health issues in the workplace. The presentation Managing Workplace Stress: into the Economic Recovery will take place on Wednesday 29 April.   The talk will be presented by Adrian Embling of Mindset Wessex who has produced several popular sessions for the network over the last four years. Spaces are limited and employers are being encouraged to sign up soon as November’s event was oversubscribed.

Mike Godfrey OBE, Deputy Chairman of the Swindon Mindful Employer Network which is managed by Swindon Mind, and Amanda Rice, Head of Diversity at Nationwide Building Society will be welcoming local employers.

Amanda Rice from Nationwide Building Society says: “Once again we are pleased to welcome the Swindon Mindful Employer Network back to Nationwide House. We have really benefitted from engagement with the network over the last few years and we are encouraging Swindon businesses to attend these very popular events. Mental health related problems are a non-visible disability and unfortunately there is still a stigma associated with this issue particularly in the workplace and we are keen to raise awareness and understanding amongst our staff and managers. As a responsible and inclusive employer we must continually improve our own knowledge and understanding, to help us provide appropriate support and advice to any employee who experiences difficulty in this area – either personally or as carer or relative’’.

Mindset Wessex training focuses on practical steps to minimise the effects of stress in the workplace, as well as day-to-day best practice to develop resilient teams. This Mindful Employer session will look at some of the challenges facing businesses as we move into the economic recovery, the legacy of austerity and review some simple guidelines for spotting and managing the signs of stress.

Adrian Embling has worked in the health and employment field for the last 34 years, where he has delivered training to the public and private sectors on a wide variety of disability, employment and mental health subjects including developing effective working relationships and practical measures to maintain a productive and engaged workforce. From 2006 until 2013 he worked with national mental health charity, the Richmond Fellowship,where he specialised in developing healthier and more mindful workplaces. He has developed Handling Stress courses in partnership with the award winning LIFT Psychology team in Swindon.

Adrian says “We need to ensure that stress management is embedded in the way we run our businesses, not an optional ‘add-on’, or ‘specialised’ area of management. The economic recovery will shift the emphasis of employer/employee relationships; businesses need to prepare for and engage with this new dynamic if they want to retain valuable workers and compete in the changing recruitment market.

Since 2014 Adrian has been providing information and training on managing work-related stress and developing resilient workforces, as well as supporting individuals through periods of stress, through Mindset Wessex, the Swindon-based stress management training company. www.mindsetwessex.co.uk

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