Brighter and Ethical Workplaces

The Brighter and Ethical Workplaces programme

The Brighter and ethical workplaces programme is a collaboration with Brighter Berkshire and focuses on mental health.

Mental health issues are an increasing concern in the workplace and we aim to inspire and educate individuals (from the CEO to the new intern) to understand their respective individual responsibilities in creating a healthy and ethical workplace.

Well-being is good for business. Healthy people are happier, more engaged and more productive. Employers across the UK are acting now to support the well-being of their people and create mentally healthy businesses

The social and business cost

Stress, anxiety and depression are the biggest cause of sickness absence in our society. Mental ill health is responsible for 91 million working days lost every year.

Mental ill health costs UK employers an estimated £34.9 billion each year – the equivalent of £1,300 for every employee in the UK workforce. Broken down, that’s £10.6 billion in sickness absence, £21.2 billion in reduced productivity, and £3.1 billion in replacing staff who leave their jobs for mental health-related reasons.

Simple steps to improve the management of mental health in the workplace will allow employers to save 30% or more of these costs – at least £10 billion a year.

Project 2020

The aim of the programme is to create mental health conversations to enable people to feel that can tackle issues and get support early in the workplace.

One of the best ways to achieve this is through facilitated conversations with people who are happy to share their personal experience, in combination with delivery of facts and evidence about the subject and what works.

Doing this in the workplace will lead to the cultural shift that will save lives. We offer a range of open and in-house events including

  • Introduction to Mental Health
  • Coffee/lunch sessions on specific topics
  • Open Days at which well-being services and personal experiences are showcased.

Through Project 2020 we offer the chance for organisations to be part of a community addressing mental health issues and sharing with their peers. Project 2020 runs from January 2019 to July 2020.

The core Project 2020 subscription includes

  • shared online space for discussions with other participants,
  • a survey of your organisation at the start and before the end of the project,
  • a series of training modules (delivered face to face and online)
  • a place at three types of event: Introduction to Mental Health, Coffee/lunch discussions on a range of topics, and feedback/networking
  • access to the Brighter and Ethical Workplaces network for well-being services and specialist advice and training.


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