EXCLUSIVE: Gain insight into valuing mental health as a future workplace asset at Employee Benefits Connect 2017.
Beth Husted (pictured), rehabilitation services manager at Unum UK, will present a session titled ‘Creating breakthroughs in mental health as the future workplace asset’ as part of the holistic wellbeing conference stream on Wednesday 1 March 2017.
Husted will highlight the stigma around mental health in the workplace, and outline what employers can do to help staff manage their mental health, as well as ensuring managers are trained to effectively support staff with mental health conditions.
Husted said: “Mental health is just as important as physical health. There are a lot of people who are working and contributing to the economy [and] they are doing it with a mental health problem. So the point is increasing the awareness of good mental health and wellbeing at work and realising that having good mental health is a really good asset for businesses and for society.”
Husted will also discuss findings from research conducted by Unum, The Mental Health Foundation and Oxford Economics, examining negative perceptions around mental health in the workplace, and why some employees with a mental health condition have concerns about disclosing this to line managers.
Husted added: “[The session] is really relevant to those who are pivotal within businesses to do with culture change and to do with managing diversity.”
Employee Benefits Connect 2017 will take place on Wednesday 1 March 2017 at Park Plaza, London.