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Leadership for Health
There are four key areas which form the basis for success in health leadership. These are;
1. Set a specific Policy for Health
There is good evidence that success in health risk management is more likely if you have a specific policy on your intentions for health, signed by the CEO. Health can become lost as just a part of a general health and safety approach, initially it needs special attention
2. Make Health a Board Agenda Item (at least quarterly)
To ensure profile and progress on health performance should be discussed at board level. That will prompt establishing business and risk relevant leading KPIs.
3. Make your health professionals part of every Team
Risk is most effectively managed when communication is facilitated by close relationships. Whether your occupational hygienists, nurses, physios, etc. are directly employed or contracted in, they need to work closely with all your planning, design, procurement, operational and other teams. And they need effective systems for information sharing across the organisation.
4. Visible Leadership
Leadership on health needs to be visible. That means taking opportunities to demonstrate to your workforce and management that you are fully committed to their health and wellbeing, and see it as a driver for being a better organisation.
Tackling Mental Health
Time to change is an anti-stigma campaign run by the leading mental health charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. They will work with you to develop an action plan to get your employees talking about mental health.
For more information visit here https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/get-involved/get-your-workplace-involved/employer-pledge
Time to change suggests the following principles for your action plan:
Demonstrate senior level buy-in, How will you show that your senior leaders are committed to addressing mental health in the workplace?
Demonstrate accountability and recruit Employee Champions, How will you ensure that this action plan is successfully implemented? How will you recruit Employee Champions to support your work?
Raise awareness about mental health, How will you get your employees talking about mental health?
Update and implement policies to address mental health problems in the workplace, How easy is it for an employee struggling with a mental health problem, or their line manager, to find out how your organisation will treat them? How can you change your policies to encourage those with mental health problems to come forward?
Ask your employees to share their personal experiences of mental health problems, How will you get your employees to share their experience of mental health problems at an organisation-wide level? e.g through intranet posts or newsletters
Equip line managers to have conversations about mental health. How will you ensure all of your line managers feel comfortable discussing mental health with their line reports?
Provide information about mental health and signpost to support services, How will you ensure your employees have easy access to information on mental health and where to find help?