We know that if change is going to happen, it has to start at the top.
At some point in a person’s life, they will experience trauma. The after effects of trauma can cause a significant impact on a person’s life and work, in some cases, it can completely destroy it. We know that if we are to make changes around trauma support in the workplace, it has to start at the top of the organisation.
A recent study showed that the average British worker will spend around 3500 days at work during their working life, making it so important for workplace leaders to create the correct culture for their employees. Whilst larger organisations are becoming more aware of the need to focus on their employee’s mental health, smaller organisations do not always have the resources, or budget, to start following suit.
We know that leaders create change, they are after all, responsible for making decisions that affect their businesses and ultimately their employees. So we know that if change is going to happen, it has to start at the top. So, with this in mind, we have launched our Start At The Top campaign to help drive change through business leaders and raise funds, to fund spaces for UK businesses on trauma awareness and mental health in the workplace training courses.
We are encouraging small/medium business owners/directors/senior managers, with up to 250 employees, to become a LEADER@Work. We want you to become advocates for trauma support in the workplace and understand how to support your employees, who have experienced a traumatic event. Although not every person who experiences a trauma will develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), all survivors of trauma will need some form of additional support from their employer. This could be to ensure that they settle back into their role and are able to manage any anxiety and stress that they may be dealing with, without feeling like they need to keep it to themselves.
How do you do this?
To become a LEADER@Work, you need to:
- Understand trauma, PTSD and their effects.
- Be aware of changes in your employees and be proactive in addressing changes.
- Educating your employees on the effects of trauma
- Setting out a clear workplace culture for your business to follow, ie. ensuring that professionalism, kindness and support is at the forefront of this plan.
- Ensuring that everyone feels comfortable at work.
PTSD At Work are committed to funding dedicated training around trauma and mental health in the workplace. But in order to do this, we need your help. Part of being a LEADER@Work is helping to fundraise for our mission, either individually or with your workforce.
Businesses with a committed LEADER@Work, will have priority spaces on our training days available to them – contact us and tag us on social media to show us what you are doing within your business.
So, what are you waiting for? Lead the way!