Today sees the launch of online platform, We Can Work It Out.
We Can Work It Out is a membership site for employers. For an annual subscription of £349, we support employers in supporting employees, help them to bridge the gap in communication and in complying with the law. PSEN members can join at the discounted rate of £200.
We do this by providing resources, free HR support and access to experts and people with lived experiences. Members are kept up to date with legislation updates and given a platform to network with their peers.
We understand resources are often tight, that time is of the essence and that the topic of mental health can feel like a murky minefield if you’ve not experienced mental health problems of your own. But we also know that employees play an integral part in a healthy business.
We Can Work It Out encourages employers to play a proactive role rather than a reactive one. Supporting employees to remain in work, reducing their stress and showing that you genuinely care, often leads to reduced absenteeism, increased productivity, reduced re-recruitment and training costs, increased loyalty, increased motivation and a thriving bottom line.
For those with mental health problems, work can play an important part in recovery. It gives routine, a sense of purpose, financial independence and time with other people.
Members of We Can Work It Out commit to:
- Broaden their knowledge of mental health problems
- Be proactive in starting conversations in the workplace about wellbeing and mental health
- Provide support to those experiencing mental health problems
- Respect the rights, dignity and privacy of employees
- Work with employees to reduce stress and maintain a better work/life balance
- Not discriminate against those with mental health problems, or a history of mental health problems, in promotion or recruitment
- Comply with the law
Jayne Hardy, CEO of the We Can Work It Out (WCWIO) said: “As someone who has struggled with mental health problems, I understand the role work plays on recovery. My own mental health declined rapidly when I lost my job in 2005. Our aim is to help employers support employees with mental health problems to remain in work, giving them the guidance and tools to do so.”