Employers are obliged under the Irish Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 to ensure safe places of work for all employees, which covers mental as well as physical health and safety.
The following initiatives provide resources and can help you structure activities to improve employee wellbeing:
- Work Positive is a free, psychosocial, risk management process, that helps organisations identify ways to improve employee wellbeing. Both State and stakeholder supported, it sets out four simple steps that you can take as an employer, is free-of-charge and doesn’t require members to download any software. It assists employers comply with health and safety legislation at a national and European level.
- IBEC’s keepwell mark provides a clear path outlining and guiding companies on how to improve workplace health and safety while maintaining a sense of wellbeing. The programme includes a personalised report with recommendations for your corporate wellbeing strategy and a certificate of accreditation valid two years.
- See Change Workplace pledge can facilitate improved wellbeing in the workplace. By pledging to become a See Change workplace your firm or organisation is making a commitment to completing the six steps of the See Change workplace programme. See also their Workplace Resources and Support Services.
- Employee Assistance Programmes offer access for your employees and their family members to mental wellbeing support and other services. Avail of an exclusive EAP offer and discount for Law Society members.
Employment law: Tackling Work Related Stress - From a preventative perspective, employers have a legal responsibility to provide a safe place of work and should promote positive mental health to avoid stress related illness. Read this January 2020 article from Ronan Daly Jermyn to learn more about what an Employer can do to prevent stress from becoming a problem and what they should do if an employee complains about being stressed at work.