It’s the 17th of December and I’m having snow much fun with my Employment Law Advent Calen-deer. Look behind door number 17 for who or what is there to help employers make everything in the workplace tremendous this Christmas.
It’s a helping hand
It’s known as ‘The Most Wonderful Time of the Year’, but for many that’s not their experience. Whether it’s the financial strain of gift buying, the reality of spending Christmas alone or the constant reminders that you should be happy, it can be a very difficult time and affect mental health.
Employers have a ‘duty of care’ and must do all they reasonably can to support their employees’ health, safety and wellbeing. That begins with creating a supportive environment where employees feel they can talk openly about their mental health. For example, encouraging positive mental health with initiatives ranging from awareness training, appointing mental health champions or first aiders to simply making sure employees have regular one-to-ones with their managers to talk about any problems their having.
Acas has a great deal of resources available to employers and you can find more information here www.acas.org.uk/health-and-wellbeing.
If you would like information on how to avoid discrimination please contact a member of the Blackadders Employment Team working in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth and across Scotland for help and advice.
Donna Reynolds, Partner
Accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a Specialist in Employment Law & Discrimination Law
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