Safer Highways | Thriving at Work Mental Health Survey Results Released
In June 2019, Safer Highways launched the first industry benchmarking exercise against the Thriving at Work standards.
At the launch event Safer Highways pledged that employees suffering from poor mental health is now an essential requirement for business.The aim of the benchmarking survey was to assess mental health provision across the industry. The question set was based upon the ten standards set out by the Thriving at Work report. The exercise was not only designed to benchmark but also to direct organisations to the relevant guidance to improve mental health provision in the workplace.
Since the launch of the survey in June 2019, 100 organisations have completed the Safer Highways benchmarking survey. All organisations work within the highways industry and it has been empowering to read of all the mental health initiatives already being implemented across this sector. With 100 organisations and 1000 questions answered it is incredible to establish that 95 organisations are meeting at least one of the ten standards for employers.
Of the 100 organisations, who represent circa 150,000 people across our sector, only 5 are still working towards meeting any of the ten standards and four organisations are only meeting one. It is hoped that the benchmarking survey has highlighted to these organisations what they should be looking at introducing for their employees and has directed them resources available to them as employers.
Core standard six expects organisations to routinely monitor employee mental health and wellbeing. Of the ten standards this one was the least compliant at only 63% of respondents demonstrating how they meet this. In contrast, core standard two highlights that organisations are required to develop mental health awareness among employees. It is empowering the identify that 90% of all respondents are introducing initiatives to enhance employee awareness around mental health at work.
Overall, it is clearly apparent that organisations within the highways sector are acknowledging their role in supporting mental health in the workplace. Through deeper analysis of the responses, it appears that organisations are doing several initiatives but are not building these into a wider strategy or plan on mental health. Thriving at Work is designed to steer organisations to the areas where they are not compliant and offering resources to building strength in this area. It is hoped that this benchmarking exercise has been able to support all the organisations who are not fully compliant with the standards.