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).


An introduction to the Thriving at Work guide

Our free Thriving at Work guide for employers looks at each of the standards in turn. It provides practical examples of what employers are doing across the sector, as well as helpful tools. You can download a brief introduction, a quick one page guide, the full guide and specific chapters below.

Printed copies are also available by emailing [email protected].

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.

The Six Core Standards

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

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Core standard two: Develop mental health awareness among employees

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

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Core standard four: Provide your employees with good working conditions

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Core standard five: Promote effective people management

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Core standard six: Routinely monitor employee mental health and wellbeing

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The Four Enhanced Standards

An introduction to the enhanced standards

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

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Enhanced standard two: Demonstrate accountability

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

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

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Entire Thriving at Work guide

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Useful tools

Getting started with the six core standards

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


A quick guide to Thriving at Work

Just starting out or short on time? Our one page document connects you with key resources for each step of your journey to support mental health at work.


Mental health at work: Sport and physical activity

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. 


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