Workplace Wellbeing Index brochure 2020/21
Nationally, Mind gives advice and support to anyone who needs it. On the high street, our charity shops raise vital funds and give away mental health...
Workplace Wellbeing Index 2020/21
Our benchmark of
best practice and policy in
workplace mental health
Who we are
Get to know us
Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem.
What do we do?
Nationally, we give advice and support to anyone who needs it. On the high street, our charity shops raise vital funds and give away mental health information. Our local Mind network delivers mental health services to anyone who needs them.
Our Workplace Wellbeing Services team provides support for employers, such as mental health awareness training and bench-marking and best practice advice through our Workplace Wellbeing Index.
How can our Workplace Wellbeing Services team support you?
Why do we do it?
It has become increasingly apparent that mental health in the workplace is a very important but under informed topic; not everyone experiencing a mental health problem at work has access to the support they require and managers can lack the confidence to provide the support needed for their staff.
We can help your organisation ensure your workplace has a positive working environment, with managers equipped to support staff should they be experiencing a mental health problem.
Poor mental health among employees costs UK employers £42bn – £45bn each year which is a cost of up to £1,717 per employee.
Deloitte & Employers, January 2020
What is our Workplace Wellbeing Index?
Join a growing movement
What is our Workplace Wellbeing Index?
At Mind, we want to support a million people to stay well and have good mental health at work by 2021. That’s why we run our Workplace Wellbeing Index; a benchmark of best policy and practice. It robustly assesses where the gaps lie between an organisation’s approach to workplace wellbeing, and staff perceptions, and recognises the good work employers are doing to support their staff.
It will help you find out where you are doing well and where you could improve your approach to mental health in the workplace. The Index is the only benchmark dedicated to workplace mental health in the UK and we have two levels of participation to suit your needs and budget.
Who is it for?
You might be an organisation just beginning to take action on mental health, or you could already be demonstrating your ongoing commitment and accountability by getting involved in our Index.
Wherever you are on your journey we encourage you to see this as a learning process and a long-term commitment to a better way of working, not only for individual employees, but for the success and productivity of your whole business.
How will it help your organisation?
- Comprehensive assessment areas to gain employee feedback on how well you support their mental health
- Analysis and reporting of results with implementable recommendations on the areas to improve
- Review of organisational policies (Level 2 only)
- Find out where you benchmark in comparison to peers and other organisations participating in the Index
- Further raise awareness of your commitment to create a mentally healthy workplace, plus external validation of wellbeing initiatives
- Share and access best practice from other participating organisations
Top employer in gold
Construction, property and infrastructure company Lendlease were the top employer in the Workplace Wellbeing Index 2018/19.
The Workplace Wellbeing Index runs on an annual basis, all the participating organisations go through the process at the same time.
April - December: Registration for the Index 2020/21.
Last day to register: 04/12/20
January - mid March: Index launch and survey period
February: Shared learning event
June 2021: Results, report and Index Awards
July - August: Shared learning event, support from us with action planning and recommendations
The participation process
- Gain senior buy-in within your organisation to sign up.
- Decide which level of participation to op for.
- Register online at mind.org.uk/index and we'll be in touch
"The Index allowed us to take a view right through the business of what was working and what wasn't… It gave us that independent and third party view of what we were doing".
Brian Van Campenhout, Lendlease
Step 2: Prepare to take part
- You will receive your welcome pack including marketing materials and hints and tips to engage your staff.
- Prepare your internal communications approach to ensure maximum survey response rate.
- Start collecting evidence for the employer survey - we will provide resources to help you prepare.
Step 3: Take part in the assessment
- Take part in employer and staff surveys.
- Surveys launch in January 2021 and close in March 2021.
Step 4: Receive your results
- Survey results and analysis delivered in June.
- Review recommendations and make plan for implementation.
Step 5: Celebrate the Index
- Index ranking will be published and the Awards will take place in June.
If you decide to take part in the Workplace Wellbeing Index, there are six areas that will be assessed through an employer assessment and a staff survey:
This key area focuses on organisations’ general wellbeing culture and agenda, alongside staff perceptions of positive change, work/life balance and what proportion are motivated by their workplace culture.
We assess the physical environment and the initiatives employers are implementing to improve wellbeing. We also look at what staff think about these initiatives and whether they feel connected, active and have time to reflect.
We will look at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employee wellbeing, including furlough, lockdown, home working, and the extra difficulties and worries brought with them. We will gather insight on employee engagement and staff perceptions of support and management during this period.
This section covers mental health awareness, training and information provided by employers, alongside employees’ views on how they develop knowledge and skills at work.
“I would absolutely encourage any organisation that’s thinking about getting involved in the Index. The report from the Index really shines a light on the key areas that we as a senior leadership team need to be thinking about because going forward that’s going to provide us with a competitive differentiation within our business space”.
Gail McCourt, RBC Wealth Management
This includes feedback opportunities, guidance and appraisal processes provided by employers and staff views of their duties and responsibilities.
This key area covers the support tools provided by employers, what employees think of them and how they’re used.
Policies and development process
We look at nine key policies you have in place and how they interact with the mental health of staff. If you opt to participate at Level Two we will also review these and provide best practice advice for improvements. These policies include:
- Wellbeing and or Mental health
- Bullying and Harassment
- Health and Safety
- Flexible working
Investing in the Index
Participation levels and costs
Workplace Wellbeing Awards
Recognising your commitment
Awards and recognition
Every organisation taking part in the Workplace Wellbeing Index is invited to our annual awards to celebrate and recognise the commitments of everyone who has taken part.
At the awards we reveal the organisations who have ranked in Gold, Silver or Bronze, and some outstanding employees who are making an difference to mental wellbeing in their workplace.
Watch highlights from last year's awards ceremony featuring our top employer and our employee champions
“What we’ve got now is a proper case study, an evidenced business case that if you put in time, effort and energy into taking case of peoples' health and wellbeing, that it leads to better performance, happier clients, more profitability and future work”.
Ben Goode, LSI Architects