pladis, the global biscuits and confectionery company that owns well established brands including McVitie’s, Jacob’s, Carr’s and go ahead!, have signed an employer pledge with Time to Change to commit to change the way we all think and act about mental health in the workplace.
Set up by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, Time to Change aims to create a positive shift in public attitudes towards mental health problems. pladis joins a movement of companies, as well as many NHS trusts, universities, and local authorities, in making this commitment to improve employee mental health.
As part of its action plan for mental health, pladis has mental health and wellbeing ambassadors at all 13 of its sites across the UK and Ireland with the aim to raise awareness for all of its 4600 employees. The company will also provide mental health awareness training and workplace stress guidance for managers and senior leadership teams. In addition, pladis offers access to a 24/7 confidential telephone support line and counselling for employees and their families.
Jon Eggleton, Managing Director UK & Ireland, signed the pledge at a ceremony at the company’s headquarters in Hayes, Middlesex on 16th May.
Jon Eggleton, Managing Director UK & Ireland at pladis, said: “As a business, we are committed to offering our employees a safe, inclusive and happy work environment. Mental health is a big part of our agenda and we are determined to do our part to ensure all our employees are well supported and have equal opportunities.
Through our Health and Wellbeing programme, we promise to further tackle the discrimination associated with mental health by raising awareness and creating a platform for our employees to talk openly about this significant issue. Signing this pledge with Time to Change is a major step forwards in our journey to building a mentally healthy workforce.”
Sue Baker OBE, Director of Time to Change, added: “With one in six British workers experiencing mental illness, it’s crucial that UK
employers support staff at all levels to open up, to talk and to listen. Too many people with mental health problems are made to feel worthless and alone in a work setting. Every person’s attitude makes a difference and so it’s fantastic to see companies like pladis taking the lead and making a commitment that will ultimately help to improve its productivity and staff retention and create a happy and engaged workforce.”