We are pleased to announce that Watkins and Gunn is now a “Mindful Employer”!
Established in 2004, “Mindful Employer” is a UK wide initiative run by Devon Partnership NHS Trust. Providing employers with easier access to professional Workplace Mental Health training, information and support, the initiative aims to help empower employers to take a lead in supporting the mental wellbeing of their staff. By signing the ‘Charter for Employer Positive About Mental Health’, Watkins and Gunn has made a public statement of our desire to support the mental health of our staff across their organisation.
As an employer we recognise that in the UK, people experiencing mental ill health continue to report stigma and discrimination at work. Having signed the ‘Charter for Employers Positive about Mental Health’, we are committed to creating a supportive and open culture, where colleagues feel able to talk about mental health confidently, and aspire to appropriately support the mental wellbeing of all staff.
Through its sub-brand ‘Wellness and Gunn’, the firm takes the health and wellbeing of colleagues seriously. Initiatives, such as free weekly pilates sessions, meditation workshops, health and fitness challenges and interactive webinars with qualified therapists, have all helped the team remain positive and focussed through the pandemic. Now, as a Mindful Employer, we are coming out of the other side of the pandemic with our commitment to the mental wellbeing of our staff solidified.
As an employer, we have made an on-going commitment to:
Provide non-judgemental and proactive support to staff experiencing mental ill health.
Not make assumptions about a person with a mental health condition and their ability to work.
Be positive and enabling towards all employees and job applicants with a mental health condition.
Support line managers in managing mental health in the workplace.
Ensure we are fair in the recruitment of new staff in accordance with the Equality Act (2010).
Make it clear that people who have experienced mental ill health will not be discriminated against, and that disclosure of a mental health problem will enable both the employee and employer to assess and provide the right level of support or adjustment.
Mindful Employer Lead – Mark Poole on 01392 677064
Watkins and Gunn – Lucy O’Brien on 07834 351283