Launch of Ethical Reading’s Healthy & Ethical Workplace programme

Ethical Reading are inviting leadership representatives, business owners, HR and People Team members, managers and key influencers from organisations large and small to join them at this launch. They will discuss how we can all play a part in this exciting and unique programme and help our organisation be seen as employers of choice.

Few would disagree that the world is facing enormous challenges across all aspects of society. The workplace is no exception with almost daily scandals in both the private and public sectors. Poor mental health in the workplace, in particular, is a massive challenge which the statistics below clearly demonstrate

‘Three out of every five employees have experienced mental health problems due to work or where work was a related factor.’ BITC Mental Health at Work Report 2017

‘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 Health First Aid (MHFA) England

In the UK, the financial impact of poor mental health in the workplace is enormous (absenteeism £8bn, presenteeism £17-26bn, staff turnover £8bn.This amounts to a cost per employer between £1205 and £1,560 per year. And it’s increasing. Stevenson Farmer Review 2017

To confront this problem and as a key part of Ethical Reading’s community-lead vision to create positive change in the Reading area, they are launching their Healthy and Ethical Workplaces programme on Thursday 28th March.

Together with specialists in the field, they hope to work alongside local organisations to support the mental health and overall wellbeing of their staff. We are confident the result will be a happier, healthier, more engaged and more productive workforce.


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