Fear of discrimination and how they will be treated can be significant reasons why many employees don’t feel able to talk about their mental health at work.
It’s important for employers to ensure that discrimination or harassment on the grounds of mental health status is seen to be as unacceptable as it would be in relation to other protected characteristics such as race or sexual orientation.
Key steps in creating an inclusive workplace include:
- Ensuring employees and managers receive equal opportunities and anti-bullying and harassment training;
- Making sure managers are aware of the duty to make reasonable adjustments under the Equality Act;
- Encouraging employees to report any discrimination or harassment they face or witness;
- Ensuring managers know how to appropriately handle grievances and disciplinary matters.
If you would like further information regarding discrimination and harassment or you are interested in the range of bespoke in-house training we have available, please contact Kingfisher Professional Services Ltd.