To coincide with this year’s Time to Talk Day on Thursday 2nd February, we’re proud to announce our new partnership with leading restaurant chain Nando’s.
Through the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service, Maximus will be providing mental health support to their UK employees and helping to improve wellbeing in the wider hospitality sector by raising awareness of the issue.
Research shows every year one in four of us will experience a mental health problem, which is why conversations on mental health in the workplace are so important.
Investing in the health and wellbeing of employees offers valuable benefits for any business, as appropriate mental health support helps to reduce absence, increase productivity and make employees feel valued by their employer.
Nando’s, which employs around 18,000 people across more than 450 locations in the UK, will receive a package of cost-free mental health workplace support through Maximus, which includes wellness recovery action plans and expert guidance on workplace adjustments.
Our teams will also deliver mental health training, support clinics and webinars for restaurant managers and central colleagues, ensuring that they can direct anyone experiencing mental health problems to the right support.
Talking about the new partnership, Chris Kingsbury, Partnerships Manager for the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service at Maximus, said:
“Research shows that workers in the hospitality sector often struggle to access support with their mental wellbeing. Our market-leading partnership with Nando’s ensures that their UK employees gain access to confidential, work-centred support. We hope that the partnership will help to encourage a greater emphasis on workforce wellbeing across the hospitality sector.”
Rob Bray, People Director at Nando’s, commented:
“We’re super proud to be the first restaurant chain working with Maximus to offer colleagues access to trained professionals, as well as mental health clinics. Ultimately, we want to help people manage any issues and stay working with us.”
The Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Tom Pursglove MP, praised the new partnership. He said:
“On Time to Talk Day, all employers across the UK should reflect on how they can support the mental health and wellbeing of their staff.
“The Access to Work Mental Health Support Service is a fantastic resource and I am delighted that Nando’s, a major UK employer, is using this to shine a light on the importance of mental health in the workplace.”
With a shared commitment to improving wellbeing and access to mental health support in the hospitality sector, Maximus and Nando’s look forward to a long and successful partnership.
To find out more about how the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service could support mental wellbeing in your workplace, click here.