The IPRS Group is delighted to announce it has signed up to Time to Change Employer Pledge, affirming our commitment to protecting our colleague’s mental health.
By signing The Time to Change Employer Pledge, the IPRS Group is a committing to changing the way we think and act about mental health in the workplace.
With the day to day worries, struggles and pressures the Covid-19 is having on us, we felt that now, more than ever, we wanted to show our support and pledge to address the issues around mental health in the workplace.
This commitment is supported by a 12-month Employer Action Plan which supports us to put in place best-practice interventions and policy to help our colleagues work in ways that promote a positive mental wellbeing.
As part of our action plan, we pledge to…
- Hold monthly ‘The Mental Health Hour’ sessions, chaired by one of our Mental Health First Aiders, enabling colleagues to share their experiences with their peers, relate to stories and discuss advice / tips on the best way to manage a situation.
- Hold group sessions using an activity to open conversations such as ‘How do we chill?’ to find out how people relax and share ideas amongst the group.
- Build a ‘Employee Champions’ team – We will be looking to recruit Champions who are passionate about tackling the stigma of mental health within the workplace, have the time and resource to dedicate to this project, are confident in talking to colleagues, and perhaps sharing their stories to put their colleagues at ease and are a good listener. We want Champions that will help to spread the word and promote the activities we will hold.
- Each month we will aim to release a new video of a colleague sharing their experience.
Sophie Hughes, IPRS Group HR Manager who worked on the action plan said, “We recognise that sadly mental health continues to be a taboo subject, but by signing the Time to Change pledge we are committed to changing this. The action plan has been designed to raise awareness of mental wellbeing across the IPRS Group, create a safe and non-judgemental environment where our colleagues can be open and honest about their mental health and provide training to our managers so they can support their teams.”
CEO of the IPRS Group Martyn Jackson is delighted the group has signed the pledge. He said, “Mental health in the workplace needs to be made a priority in all businesses, it’s important that senior management take the lead in supporting this initiative and be seen to be actively participating in all activities.”
To find out more about The Time to Change Pledge, visit here.