Healthy and Ethical Workplaces
The Healthy and Ethical Workplaces programme
The healthy and ethical workplaces programme is a collaboration with specialists in the field and focuses on mental health and overall well-being.
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.
The aim of the programme is to encourage the development of healthy and ethical workplace cultures inside organisations with a particular focus on mental health and well-being. We want organisations to facilitate conversations so people feel that they 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 the Healthy and Ethical Workplaces programme we offer the chance for organisations to be part of a community addressing mental health and well-being issues and sharing with their peers.
Ethical Reading is a new not-for-profit social enterprise. We need your support in order to create online training resources and to continue running inspiring events and raising awareness of ethical issues. Thank you!