Hospitalities recruiter of choice tackles the topic of mental health.
We have been supplying the hospitality industry with key personnel and valuable consultancy connections for the past 7 years and continue to consistently bring unique talent and inspiring concepts to it.
Spayse International is the hospitalities recruiter of choice when it comes to experienced talent search and team matchmaking services. Those who know us have followed our journey over the years. We have become a brand that is firmly recognised in the hospitality industry, both in the retail and hospitality sectors, UK and Internationally.
We are in the constant pursuit to service the sector, with an unwavering commitment of excellence. To aid development, openness and a sense of community within the industry, we’ve launched a series of discussion breakfasts to tackle key issues and industry topics.
In aid of ‘Stress Awareness Month’, Spayse aims to bring mental health to the forefront of work discussions. We want to challenge and change the perception of mental health to create an environment where it is not only discussed but fully supported and embraced.
While we recognise the cost of mental ill-health is not merely a financial issue, calculating the costs of mental health problems can be persuasive when making the case for investment in preventing them. Mental health problems are all too common in the workplace and it is the leading cause of sickness absence. A staggering 70 million work days are lost each year due to mental health problems in the UK, costing employers approximately £2.4 billion per year.
Neil Graham, Managing Director explains,
‘As a recruiter it is important to develop a two-way conversation between business owners and employees within the industry. Highlighting the benefits of focusing on wellness in the kitchen or front of house can assist with the recruitment process and has in-directly become a service we offer advice on.
Ensuring wellness in the workplace can in turn boost productivity, reduce temporary staffing overheads, reduce staff turnover which all have a direct impact on companies profit. As a company we prefer to work with brands whose focus includes the wellness of their staff. It makes our lives easier as placing someone within a considerate environment promotes longevity in that relationship and is the obvious choice when picking partnerships.
Further change is all around us in the hospitality industry and we are wanting to be the catalyst for many companies who haven’t yet taken the steps to putting wellness strategies in place to know where that starting point is.’
While there are significant psychological, safety and wellbeing risks in the hospitality industry, there are a number of proactive initiatives that can be put into place by employers to improve the environment and the wellbeing of staff. Some of the most effective methods we promote include:
- Providing Information to employees on the known challenges of the work environment and providing practical strategies to assist. These may be key information around busy periods, managing work expectations and being honest at the interview process regarding the working environment.
- Providing specific focus on the issues of stress and mental health. At a minimum this should include awareness sessions for all employees on mental health issues and direct activities to remove the stigma related to mental health in the workplace.
- Participate in National Days such as time to talk day, mental health month, stress awareness month, world mental health day and Movember all assist in improving people’s willingness to talk about their issues.
- Providing senior level staff training so all managers and supervisors know how to recognise and effectively deal with mental health issues in the workplace.
- Invest in employee resilience training for your workplace to better equip your employees to deal with the demands the work involves. Stress management activities are a good starting point to reduce anxiety and role playing scenarios can build team confidence.
- Creating an open environment whereby support is given and ensuring this is available face-to-face, as well as via telephone to make it as easy to seek help as possible.
On May 23rd, we’ll sit alongside Sanctus, Eventwell and Zoe Clews & Associates to discuss this key topic from all angles to determine how companies can incorporate an open awareness within their culture and all the positive impacts this can make both to productivity and profit.
Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite
Included in the price: entry, breakfast, networking and a donation to the Eventwell movement.
Spayse are constantly thinking about the world around us and how we can make a change for the better.
To start a conversation with us by emailing info@Spayse.com or call 0203 011 0824.