In this session Chris Cannon of Jelf Employee Benefits, leading independent employee benefits consultancy, will offer suggestions and action points you can implement immediately, resulting in a reduction in the cost of absence and increased employee engagement. Chris has more than 15 years’ experience in this specialist area.
We will also hear from Debbie and Lucy — Directors of Mindful Resolutions (South West). Debbie is a Registered Mental Health Nurse and a Registered General Nurse. Debbie worked for many years in the NHS, holding a number of senior clinical and management posts. Since 2009, Debbie has been running her own mental health business, Enable Support Services (www.enableandsupport.co.uk), which employs 20 staff and so understands the importance of supporting employee health and wellbeing whilst managing the needs of a business. Debbie is also a Specialist Advisor on Mental Health to the Care Quality Commission.
Lucy is also a Registered Mental Health Nurse and Registered General Nurse. She is a qualified Mindfulness trainer (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) and is a CBT therapist, NLP practitioner, Hypnotherapist and EMDR therapist. Lucy runs her own business Grow Again (www.growagain.co.uk) from which she offers these types of therapy on a 1-1 and group basis.
Staff absence and apathy can be devastating for businesses large and small. There are, of course, pressures outside of the office too that can affect health but figures also show that UK professionals are increasingly working longer hours. A survey from Regus found 69 per cent said that they work outside of their regular office hours more than they were five years ago. Wellbeing schemes also need to take in flexi- and remote-workers. Mental health is also an increasing concern for big firms, as problems can lead to long-term absence and the symptoms aren’t always easy to spot. Acas recommend specific training to help managers, supervisors and the HR team engage employees to build trust to help them be honest about wellbeing concerns.