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Thriving at Work: A guide to implementing workplace standards in the sport and physical activity sector

Thriving at Work is an independent review that outlines what employers can do to better support all employees, including those with mental health problems, to remain in and thrive through work.

We've collaborated with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the Sport and Recreation Alliance, and Sport England to help employers across the sport and physical activity sector to understand and implement the Thriving at Work standards. The guide is one of the actions published in the DCMS Mental Health and Elite Sport Action Plan (2018).

The Thriving at Work guide

Our free Thriving at Work guide for employers looks at each of the six core standards and four enhanced standards in turn. It provides practical examples of what employers are doing across the sector, as well as helpful tools. You can explore the full guide, specific chapters and useful resources below.

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The Six Core Standards

You can explore the six core standards by downloading each one individually.

Core standard one: Produce, implement and communicate a mental health plan at work

Core standard two: Develop mental health awareness among employees

Core standard three: Encourage open conversations about mental health and the support available when employees are struggling

Core standard four: Provide your employees with good working conditions

Core standard five: Promote effective people management

Core standard six: Routinely monitor employee mental health and wellbeing

The Four Enhanced Standards

You can explore the four core standards by downloading each one individually.

Introduction: An introduction to the four enhanced standards

Enhanced standard one: Increase transparency and accountability through internal and external reporting

Enhanced standard two: Demonstrate accountability

Enhanced standard three: Improve the disclosure process to encourage openness during recruitment

Enhanced standard four: Ensure provision of tailored in-house mental health support and signpost to clinical help

Tools and resources

A quick guide to Thriving at Work: Just starting out? Our one page document connects you with key resources for each step of your journey to support mental health at work.

Entire Thriving at Work guide: Download the full guide to help you get started.

Six core standards editable template: Not sure where to start with developing your organisation's plan? Download our template to make sure you are taking action to meet each of the six core Thriving at Work standards.

Mental health at work: Our mental health in sport and physical activity page is your one-stop shop for all of our resources that are related to mental health at work.

"Money spent to improve employee's mental health has a consistently positive return on investment. So it's in everyone's interest to do more in this area."

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