Charter for Employers
Since MINDFUL EMPLOYER was launched in 2004,
1,072 employers have
signed the Charter for Employers who are Positive About Mental
Click here for
the list of current Charter Signatories.
The Charter is not an accreditation
or a set of quality standards
nor a policy or target.
the Charter online
or by downloading our Information
Employers can be involved in MINDFUL EMPLOYER
without signing the Charter but many use it as a tangible display of
their commitment to improving the working lives of their staff.
Charter For Employers Who Are Positive About Mental Health
As an employer we recognise that:
People who have mental health issues may have experienced
discrimination in recruitment and selection procedures. This
may discourage them from seeking employment.
Whilst some people will acknowledge their experience of mental
health issues in a frank and open way, others fear that stigma
will jeopardise their chances of getting a job.
Given appropriate support, the vast majority of people who
have experienced mental ill health continue to work successfully
as do many with ongoing issues.
As an employer we aim to:
Show a positive and enabling attitude to employees and job
applicants with mental health issues. This will include positive
statements in local recruitment literature.
Ensure that all staff involved in recruitment and selection
are briefed on mental health issues and The Equality
Act 2010, and given appropriate interview skills.
Make it clear in any recruitment or occupational health check
that people who have experienced mental health issues will not
be discriminated against and that disclosure of a mental health
problem will enable both employee and employer to assess and
provide the right level of support or adjustment.
Not make assumptions that a person with a mental health problem
will be more vulnerable to workplace stress or take more time
off than any other employee or job applicant.
Provide non-judgemental and proactive support to individual
staff who experience mental health issues.
Ensure all line managers have information and training about
managing mental health in the workplace.
© MINDFUL EMPLOYER
The Charter is about working towards
the principles of it not the immediate fulfilment of them – signing
up is a step along a journey not the end of it. Being a Charter signatory
doesn't mean they're 'getting it all right' - but it does indicate a
willingness to work towards better practice.
By signing the Charter an employer:
- Shows their company is working towards putting its principles
in to practice
- Will be supported by other MINDFUL EMPLOYERS and supporting
- Receives a personalised Charter showing the company name and
- Is able to use the MINDFUL EMPLOYER logo
Signatories also receive a free copies of the
MINDFUL EMPLOYER Line Managers' Resource and
our booklet for staff, Keeping Well at
(these can be viewed by clicking on the link - printable copies
are only available to signatories) and a
discount on our mental health awareness
There are also other occasional offers and discounts made
available by other signatories and organisations.
What difference does it make?
Signing the Charter
makes a public, tangible statement of your commitment to your staff.
about the difference it makes
and how employers are taking steps
towards the aspirations. Read more about the
first 1,000 signatories and our evaluation
of the initiative..
Reviewing the Commitment
Charter signatory undertakes a review two years after signing and every three years
thereafter. Such reviews reflect the
general philosophy of the initiative: that of supporting employers
in the recruitment and retention of staff who experience mental ill
Reviewing the Charter
Way for more
MINDFUL EMPLOYER has no specific funding
of its own.
The administration fees shown below are non-refundable and are not a
form of subscription, membership charge nor payment for service. For both of the
Administration Fees shown below, the number of employees
refers to the actual number of paid staff (i.e. not based on
full-time equivalent posts and not including volunteers).
New Signatory Administration Fee:
£50 (up to 50 employees)
REVIEWING THE CHARTER
All signatories are required to complete a Review two years after
signing and every three years thereafter.
The fee is charged per Review not per year.
Charter Review Administration Fee:
£75 per Review (up to 50 employees)
£110 per Review (50-250)
£150 per Review (250+)