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Mental Health & Unconscious Bias at Work – you can’t afford to ignore it

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20th February 2019

We are hosting an event on 2 April 2019 with Stratus Coaching as part of Stress Awareness Month titled ‘Mental Health & Unconscious Bias in the Workplace – you can’t afford to ignore it’.



Stress Awareness Month takes place every April. Teams of experts aim to increase public awareness about stress. This includes highlighting the causes of stress, the negative effects stress can have on the mind and body, and how to relieve stress.

Most people will experience stress at some point in their life, but constant or extreme stress is bad for both the mind and body and impacts personal and work environments.

What is Unconscious Bias? We all bring unconscious biases into the workplace. These deeply subconscious attitudes span race, gender, appearance, age, wealth and much more. They influence everything from the car you drive to the employee you promote and the one you don’t. And because they are so reflexively triggered without our knowledge, they are virtually unconcealable.

Deborah Francis, Solicitor at Griffith Smith and Anna Golawski, Stratus Coaching will be taking you through both Mental Health and Unconscious Bias in the workplace.

At the end of the session, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify some of their own biases and how these impact at work
  • Develop actions to mitigate bias in the workplace, especially in regard to mental health
  • Better support people who may be struggling at work with poor mental health
  • Understand how to handle a situation in the most sympathetic and supportive manner
  • Identify sources of information and support, and how and what steps you should take when doing this
  • Know what is your legal duty to make reasonable adjustments

Anna will be discussing how you go about recognising Mental Health and Unconscious Bias and its effects on the person and the workforce and Deborah will explore an employer’s legal obligations and compliance.

Did you know: the cost to employers of poor mental health costs is between £33bn and £42bn a year; this amounts to a cost per employee of between £1,205 and £1,560 per year (this cost is for all employees, not just those who are ill).

This Workshop is aimed at Directors, Business Owners, Managers and HR who deal with people in the workplace on a daily basis and have a responsibility for their wellbeing.

Please join at on Tuesday 2 April at MyBrighton, Jubilee Street from 8.45am for some light refreshments and we will begin the discussion from approx 9.00am until 10.30am and you will have the opprortunity to ask questions at the end.


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