Red Cards in sport are normally associated with bad behaviour, but we’re using it to show that it’s not a bad thing to talk about mental health in the workplace. Mental health, including stress, is one of the biggest causes of long and short term employee absences, so encouraging employers and employees to have more conversations will help limit its impact and improve wellbeing. After all, we talk about physical health, so why don’t we talk about mental health?
Protect Your Team’s Mental Health
In 2017 we used sport to raise awareness of, and encourage businesses to talk about, mental health in the workplace. Using famous personalities from sport, we helped put ‘de-stigmatisation’ in motion, with the purpose of creating an impact within the business community.
In 2018 our objective was to get business to take action. We put together a range of resources and tools, as well as launching the new Not A Red Card Awards to celebrate businesses who employ tactics to protect their team’s mental health.
In 2019 our aim is to provide managers with the support they need to help their employees thrive. We will be launching a series of insightful webinars alongside releasing a new report containing useful resources for managers.
Protecting your team’s mental health is about encouraging employers to start looking after their employees. It’s great to hear businesses are beginning to talk about it, but now it’s time to implement new thoughts and ideas to overcome this stigma. Just like sport, it’s about the whole team coming together to tackle mental health issues, so they can ensure better performance in the long term.
It also aligns with Legal & General’s holistic approach, and how for many years we’ve been providing effective support for our employees and our customers’ employees who are unable to work due to health conditions, including mental health