The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) has announced that it has signed the Inside Out Leadership Charter, which commits the organisation to prioritising the mental health and wellbeing of employees.
By signing the Inside Out Charter, the CII has committed to prioritising the mental health and wellbeing of CII employees; having a board-level sponsor for mental health; discussing mental health and wellbeing at board meetings at least twice a year; producing a dedicated annual report on employee mental health and wellbeing; introducing at least one mental health and wellbeing initiative each year and reporting on the impact of this work; and role model healthy behaviours in their senior leadership teams.
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Tali Shlomo, people engagement director at the CII, said this commitment comes two years after the CII signed the “time to change” pledge to end mental health stigma in the workplace.
“In the last few years, the CII has supported colleagues with wellbeing at work and offered a range of activities from awareness training to introductions to art therapy, mindfulness and CBT,” she said. “The Inside Out Leadership Charter provides a simple yet impactful framework to focus our initiatives to support our colleagues with their wellbeing and mental health in the workplace. With one in six British workers experiencing mental illness, it's time for businesses to make a change and start creating more mentally healthy workplaces.”
“We know from experience that when our leaders get behind the mental health agenda, we see real culture change,” said Rob Stephenson, founder of Inside Out. “The Inside Out Leadership Charter gives employers and their leaders a set of actionable principles to help them do this.”