Highway Traffic Management have successfully been awarded Silver for the third year running for Mind’s Workpace Wellbeing Index.

Highway Traffic Management was one of 61 organisations to take part in Mind’s seventh annual Workplace Wellbeing Index, and was recognised with a Silver Award, meaning it has made demonstrable achievements in promoting staff mental health in the workplace.

Mind’s Workplace Wellbeing Index is a benchmark of best policy and practice, celebrating the good work employers are doing to promote and support positive mental health, and providing key recommendations on the specific areas where there is room to improve. This year, Mind surveyed almost 16,000 employees across the 61 employers participating in the Index.

The 2022-23 Index Awards, hosted by Mind’s CEO Sarah Hughes, took place on 29 June and saw people from a wide range of organisations across sectors come together to celebrate their achievements.

The Index has also seen a mix of returning organisations eager to assess the impact of their newly implemented wellbeing initiatives as well as first-time organisations starting their journey to improve employee wellbeing.

HTM’s HSE Manager, Matt Higgs, spoke on the topic:

“The first of our Safety Never Stops principles is ‘Be fit and ready for work’ and this means that our operatives start their shift in the right frame of mind, just as much as it is important to have the right kit. We are trying to ensure that as a business, our workforce know who to speak to about any wellbeing issues, what tools and services are available to them, as well as upskilling some of our team members with mental health first aid qualifications, with the aim of having 10% of the entire workforce having this certificate by the end of the business year.”

“We’re hoping by regularly talking about mental health and wellbeing, by regularly signposting support services available, hosting our Talk More Roadshow, engaging with national mental health days and identifying the qualified mental health first aiders within the business, we are able to ensure our employees can speak up if they are suffering and access appropriate support.”

Andrew Berrie, Head of Workplace Wellbeing at Mind, said:

“Following the profound changes to working life brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, many organisations have spent the previous year reflecting on the changes in ways of working that have been beneficial, whilst seeking to navigate new uncertainties and external factors impacting mental health and wellbeing.

“I find it encouraging to see that mental health outcomes at work appeared to bounce back post-pandemic. The pandemic increased focus and expedited workplace wellbeing agendas, with more attention given to implementing mental health and wellbeing initiatives at work.

“We are now experiencing the positive effects of this effort, with more employees reporting that they had good or very good mental health and fewer stating they experienced a mental health problem in their present role.

“The organisations participating in our Workplace Wellbeing Index are, undoubtedly, leading the way in their work to assess the impact of their efforts. By consulting with their people on what is working and where they could improve, and embedding best practice, they are prioritising employee mental health and wellbeing.

“Despite these positive findings, there are worrying trends which threaten the future state of mental health in the workplace. Organisations appear to be experiencing ‘wellbeing fatigue’, with mental health and wellbeing beginning to make fewer appearances on strategic agendas. With the effects of recession on the horizon and the present cost-of living crisis, there is a danger that workplace wellbeing may fall out of focus, something which has already begun to have a negative impact.

“We also recognise that stigma remains a significant challenge and is likely to be growing in the midst of economic hardship. Already, fewer employees are disclosing mental health problems to their employers and fewer are being honest when mental health has been a reason for absence.

“With all of this in mind, there is a growing and pressing need for employers to reassert their commitment to employee mental health and invest in workplace wellbeing, in a way that addresses current challenges and the unique circumstances and experiences of staff.”

The report found that 57% of employees at HTM have experienced poor mental health in their lives, highlighting the importance of prioritising mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

Managing Director, Greg Baldwin, added:

“The report helps us to understand what we’re doing well as well as identify other opportunities and ways to prioritise and support the mental health and wellbeing of our employees. A business is nothing without it’s people, which is why investing in mental health support services and things such as the Workplace Wellbeing Index is so important. We know that the more we encourage openness around this topic, the more likely we are to make an impact. And if we help even just one person, then that is a success.”

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