Following on from the Mindful Employer Conference ‘Practical Advice on Supporting Employee Wellbeing’ in June earlier this year, the October networking event focussed on sharing examples of good practice. This network was hosted by Leeds Jewish Welfare Board; a long standing Mindful Employer Charter Signatory, in the Hall of the Majorie and Arnold Ziff Community Centre, Moortown. There was a great and engaging turnout of 40 delegates and we have received excellent feedback from those who attended.
The employer case study was provided by Rachel Matthews, Head of HR at Leeds Jewish Welfare Board and the LJWB Senior Mental Health Officer, Paul Townend who is also a Mental Health First Aid Trainer.
Rachel and Paul discussed why LJWB felt they needed to become a Mindful Employer, the different ways they have embedded wellbeing into the organisations practices so far and how they were engaging with staff. Paul also discussed the benefits of educating staff through training.
The networking event also welcomed speaker Rebecca Streets, Solicitor at Irwin Mitchell LLP, who have recently signed the Mindful Employer Charter and are beginning to work closely with the Mindful Employer Initiative in Leeds. Through demand from the Mindful Employer network, Rebecca focussed on acknowledging wellbeing in the workplace through strategy and policies. Rebecca gave practical advice on how Employers can adapt all their policies and procedures to embed employee wellbeing across the board and also discussed how to write an overarching mental health policy to reinforce and draw together all other policies.
Mindful Employer also welcomed TeamActiv, a social enterprise who offer alternative networking activities and offer consultation on wellbeing practices in the workplace. TeamActiv led a ‘Fun of the Fair’ themed networking activity with a variety of games to get employers moving around the room, talking to different delegates and enjoying the session. Team Activ also discussed how to engage and inspire any workforce through their 5 Ways to Wellbeing; Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give.
The Mindful Employer Leeds update shared employer feedback from the Conference, a reminder on the 10 Steps Employer Toolkit, news of the new mental health resource Mindwell, our involvement in the Yorkshire Evening Post Campaign #SpeakYourMind, a look ahead to the new Mindful Employer Leeds Website (expected November), how employers can work more closely with services through the ‘Pledge’ and the publishing of the ‘Evaluation’ Report; a research study in partnership with Leeds Trinity University and two Leeds employers on assessing the impact of intervention on wellbeing in the workplace (report to be published and circulated December).
SAVE THE DATE: The next Mindful Employer Network will be on Thursday 15th December, 2:00 – 5:00pm, hosted by Irwin Mitchell LLP in their city centre offices. Irwin Mitchell will discuss why they have recently signed the Mindful Employer charter, how they’ve been working on wellbeing in the workplace to date, the challenges so far and their futures aspirations. Attendees can also expect group discussions, networking opportunities and wellbeing activities.