During this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, Churchill has joined the corporate commitment to end mental health discrimination.
Group HR Director, Melanie Taylor, says: “Churchill’s corporate pledge to end mental health discrimination makes business sense, to ensure we continue to break down and eliminate any misunderstanding and discrimination about mental health within the workplace.
We are a forward thinking, people-centric organisation and to ignore mental health issues would not only contradict our core values, but also impact negatively on the financial performance of the Churchill Group.
- 1 in 4 British workers are affected by conditions like anxiety, depression and stress every year
- Mental ill-health is the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK, costing an average of £1,035 per employee per year
- 95% of employees calling in sick with stress gave a different reason
Churchill will ensure we do all we can to support positive discussions and actions around mental wellbeing within the company and of course, this starts from the top with the executive and senior management team, who have fully embraced and led our pledge.
We will be appointing and developing “champions” to support and live the values and raise awareness of mental health by sharing experiences and inspiring meaningful conversations.
This will involve developing and encouraging an educated and open company culture by embracing a learning approach to understanding and supporting our entire workforce in all mental health matters, because mental health does matter!
Over the coming months and going forward, we will be rolling out awareness workshops and personal development strategies to ensure our colleagues are equipped to have these vital conversations. We will also be aligning company polices and signposting confidential and independent support services.