If you are here, then you probably already value the mental health and welfare of your staff.
But if you are unsure, did you know that:
1 in 6.8 people are experiencing mental health problems in the workplace (14.7%) (1)
Women in full-time employment are nearly twice as likely to have a common mental health problem as full-time employed men (19.8% vs 10.9%). (2)
Evidence suggests that 12.7% of all sickness absence days in the UK can be attributed to mental health conditions. (3)
Pay As You Talk, from Talking Works, aims to give your employees access to the psychological support they need. All packages are flexible and negotiable to suit your needs as an employer. However, typically we would structure packages as follows.
Staff can either self-refer, or can be referred by their line manager.
Self referral options are always best for staff, as it gives them confidence that they will not be judged for accessing mental health support.
You set the parameters of available support.
For example, any member of staff can self refer for a set number of initial sessions (minimum 6), but if they wish to access more sessions they would need approval from their line manager. Or you can give us flexibility to add additional sessions at our discretion, subject to a maximum that you set.
Staff are given a confidential referral email address and will receive an initial free 30 minute phone or Zoom call. We aim to book an initial consultation with your staff member within 5 working days.
Your staff member will keep the same practitioner throughout their period of support. The practitioner will either be Chris, or someone of a similar standard. Talking Works uses Transactional Analysis psychotherapy as the primary modality, but most practitioners will use their experience and knowledge appropriately and ethically.
Location of support
Sessions are normally conducted on Zoom at a time to suit the employee. In-person packages can be arranged with your staff member, depending on location and budget.
Peace of Mind for your Staff
Staff can be assured that the content of their sessions is strictly confidential. We never feed back details of the issues they are going through to the company. We simply aim to help them to solve the issues.
You are given a set price per hour session at the outset, and that is only reviewed at the end of the contract term.
You can set a maximum number of sessions for the contract, to ensure that budget is not breached.
Feedback to you
At the end of all work with an employee, we will always ask them to complete a confidential survey. You will receive the results. This ensures that you will get feedback as to the value your staff member received for your investment. We will also provide a report to say what results and benefit the practitioner believed was achieved.
If you would like to find out more about the Pay As You Talk service, why not book a 121 Zoom chat with me? You can do this using my Calendly Link.
If you prefer more traditional contact methods, get in touch using the Contact Page.
Lelliott, P., Tulloch, S., Boardman, J., Harvey, S., & Henderson, H. (2008). Mental health and work. Retrieved from gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/212266/hwwb-mental-health-and-work.pdf
Stansfeld, S., Clark, C., Bebbington, P., King, M., Jenkins, R., & Hinchliffe, S. (2016). Chapter 2: Common mental disorders. In S. McManus, P. Bebbington, R. Jenkins, & T.Brugha (Eds.), Mental health and wellbeing in England: Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey 2014. Leeds: NHS Digital.
ONS. (2014). Full Report: Sickness Absence on the Labour Market, February 2014. Retrieved from webarchive. nationalarchives.gov.uk/20160105160709/http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/dcp171776_353899.pdf [Accessed 28/07/16].