The top companies for supporting employee mental health have been revealed in the first Mind Workplace Wellbeing Index.
The Environment Agency topped the index alongside Ark Conway Primary Academy, a primary school in West London – both receiving a Gold award, the most prestigious accolade.
Companies were awarded either, ‘gold, silver’ bronze’ or ‘committed to action’, based on a number of measures and input from HR professional, managers and staff from within their organisations.
Other winners included Deloitte LLP, Barnardos, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Jaguar Land Rover, and Laing O’Rourke, amongst others.
The Workplace Wellbeing Index Awards come as Mind releases data showing that of those staff who have disclosed poor mental health at work, 53 per cent said they felt supported.
The research also found that 72 per cent had been made aware of the support tools such as counselling and informal buddy systems. Over half were offered reasonable adjustments or support measures, such as changes to hours worked or the nature of some of their duties.
Speaking about winning the accolade, Dr Andy Croxford, Head of Research at the Environment Agency said, “I am hugely proud of what we’ve achieved at the Environment Agency.”
“This recognition is great – to know where we are in terms of supporting our colleagues and where we go from here.”
“Coming top is a complete surprise.”
“Workplace wellbeing is something that all employers need to take seriously and we are thrilled to be at the cutting edge when it comes to creating a mentally healthy environment for our employees.”
Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing at Mind said, “In the last few years, we’ve seen employers make great strides when it comes to tackling stress and supporting the mental wellbeing of their staff, including those with a diagnosed mental health problem.”
“We’re delighted to recognise and celebrate employers making mental health a priority for their organisation through our Workplace Wellbeing Index.”
“In our first year, we’ve seen good practice right across the board, from each and every one of the thirty pioneering employers to take part.”
“The Awards event provided an opportunity to recognise those forward-thinking employers who are working hard to promote good mental health and wellbeing among their workforce.”