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A guide to implementing the Thriving At Work standards in the sport and physical activity sector


Thriving at Work: the Stevenson/Farmer review of mental health and employers​Thriving at work: the Stevenson / Farmer review of mental health and employers PDF An independent review into how employers can better support all employees' mental health, including recommended core standards.Free By: Department for Work and Pensions / Department of Health and Social Care View resource, was published in October 2017. Commissioned by the Prime Minister, it looked into how employers can better support all employees, including those with poor mental health or wellbeing, to remain in and thrive at work.

This guide has been produced specifically to help employers across the sport and physical activity sector – from professional sports clubs to leisure trusts to small businesses – to understand and apply the Thriving at Work standards.

It covers the six core standards that every employer should adopt:

  1. Produce, implement and communicate a mental health at work plan
  2. Develop mental health awareness among employees
  3. Encourage open conversations about mental health and the support available when employees are struggling
  4. Provide employees with good working conditions
  5. Promote effective people management
  6. Routinely monitor employee mental health and wellbeing

It also looks at the four enhanced standards that are designed for larger employers and the public sector, but could also be adopted by anyone:

  1. Increased transparency and accountability through internal and external reporting
  2. Demonstrate accountability
  3. Improve the disclosure process
  4. Ensure provision of tailored in-house mental health support and signposting to clinical help

Each section includes tips and relevant examples, with a clear focus on practical actions you can easily take.

This guide is one of the actions published in the DCMS Mental Health and Elite Sport Action Plan (2018).

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