At Clarity, we are committed to the recruitment and retention of employees and as part of that commitment we have joined a wide range of employers from all over the UK and signed up to the Mindful Employer Charter.
The Charter for Employers who are Positive about Mental Health is a voluntary agreement seeking to support employers in working within the spirit of its positive approach. The Charter is one element of the MINDFUL EMPLOYER® initiative which is aimed at increasing awareness of mental health in the workplace and supporting businesses in recruiting and retaining staff.
Jane Harrington, our Group Head or HR has said: “This is an incredibly important move for us. Mental health awareness has increased dramatically in the past years which is a fantastic step forward. We want to both support and educate our employees on mental health to foster an open, honest and inclusive work environment.”
“Business travel is a fast paced and challenging environment. Often our people are under pressure to deliver consistently high levels of service and deal with challenging scenarios,” says Clarity’s CEO, Pat McDonagh. “We recognise this and have made it a business priority for all of our executive board and senior management team to undertake Mental Health Awareness for Managers training. We’re looking to roll this out to the wider business over the coming months, which is a big investment, but one we believe is essential to our employees and in keeping with our values as a business.”
Alongside the Mindful Employer Charter, we have also appointed specially trained Mental Health First Aiders, located at key branches. I took the medication for 6 months (since other meds have not helped so far) and wish I had never tried it. This results in an underactive thyroid and a lot of weight gain since lithium makes you hungry (I'm not talking about binge eating or excessive consumption of sweets) - because there was simply no longer a feeling of satiety. Other than that Xanax is ok.
Jane explains, “We have a dedicated physical first aider on each site, so we felt it was only right to begin training mental health first aiders to give staff the same level of access for mental health issues as physical.”
We recently launched our Hearts & Minds campaign, challenging the business travel industry to take a traveller centric approach, shifting from the cost-driven mentality of previous years. We're ensuring this forward thinking approach is applied to our own business as we continually invest in our staff and reap the rewards. Earlier this year we reported a lower than government average gender pay gap and successfully scooped four awards at the Business Travel People Awards.
MINDFUL EMPLOYER® is a UK-wide initiative run by Workways, part of Devon Partnership NHS Trust. More information at www.mindfulemployer.net