Mental Health Matters
Compass Group's "You Matter" campaign builds on its partnership with charity Hospitality Action to improve support for employees who are experiencing mental health challenges.
This week, company's staff in the UK and Ireland will be encouraged to "Ask Twice" when checking if colleagues are ok to prompt them to speak up if they are struggling.
Explaining the timing of the campaign, Ian Cranna, Executive Team sponsor for the new campaign, and Future Food Offer and New Channels Director for Compass Group UK & Ireland, says: "We are all aware that the past few months have put pressures on individuals like never before. Everyone has faced challenges whether that be in their business or personal lives. Living through an event such as a Coronavirus has meant great uncertainty for many for us, leading to an increase in anxiety and worry.
"Our 'You Matter' campaign is putting mental health front and centre of our conversations, with the ambition to create a culture of openness and acceptance around mental health, as well as provide the tools to support each others mental wellbeing.
"Mental health effects many people either directly or indirectly, including myself, and we have interviewed colleagues about their experiences. We hope that these videos will encourage others who may need to help to speak up.
"Just like other health issues anyone can have periods of poor mental health, but statistics show that people working in the hospitality sector are particularly vulnerable and through our partnership with with Hospitality in Action we are working to make change, not just in our company, but in the industry more broadly. We are very well placed to be able to do this, 75% of colleagues already say that they work in a positive and caring team and 83% say that they can be themselves in the workplace, this is a great platform to build on.
"There should be no stigma in talking about your mental wellbeing, but I know that many people find it difficult and are not sure where to start or how best to support their friends and colleagues. Therefore, as part of our You Matter campaign we are providing line manager awareness training, so that they can spot when help might be needed and signpost people to get the right support; we have enhanced the services of our employee assistance programme, as well as created a network of ambassadors to promote awareness of the issue and support development of a culture of openness.
"Remember however you are feeling at the moment, it’s always good to talk, and you really do matter."