On 31st March 2016, FIE was proud to sign the Time to Change Employer Pledge.
Time to Change, a joint venture between Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, is committed to tackling mental health stigma and discrimination. The Employer Pledge demonstrates FIE’s commitment to mental health and wellbeing and to breaking down mental health stigma and discrimination within the workplace.
Our pledge statement is as follows: FIE: Foundation for International Education is fully committed to ending mental health discrimination in the workplace and is proud to pledge to Time to Change. Our organisational values include a focus on Diversity & Inclusivity, which underpins our promise to provide a safe and open environment for all employees and welcome those from diverse populations. FIE’s activities undertaken for the pledge include reviewing our policies and procedures, promotion of mental health awareness as an organisation, and providing support tools. Our working groups will develop an action plan relating to all areas of FIE’s accessibility, including disability and mental health. A wellbeing section will be added to FIE’s annual appraisal process and the sickness and absence policy will be reviewed as it pertains to those experiencing mental health problems. This plus many more activities will continue the conversation about mental health at FIE and guide our goals as an organisation.
Our pledge commitment includes an Employer Pledge Action Plan, which has been developed by a team of FIE staff and which includes our current initiatives and resources, as well as action items for 2016, 2017 and beyond. We thank all staff involved in developing the action plan.
Clare and Jess will help in driving forward change internally, and help embed positive changes within the workplace. As a next step, they will undergo an induction with the Employee Champions Officer at Time to Change, covering topics such as boundaries, activities and managing expectations amongst others, as well as highlighting how Time to Change can support them fully as Employee Champions. We thank Clare and Jess for getting involved!