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Government Releases New Voluntary Reporting Framework for Disability, Mental Health and Wellbeing

The government has released the framework Voluntary Reporting on Disability, Mental Health and Wellbeing to enable employers to report voluntarily on disability, mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

The framework is aimed at organisations with 250 staff or more, but it can also be used by smaller employers who are keen to increase transparency in their organisation or industry. There are two separate reporting recommendations: the first for disability and the second for mental health and wellbeing.

Disability

For reporting on disability, the aim is that employers will report on Part A and where possible, report on Part B. For any employers who cannot report on Parts A and B at present, the government is hoping that the framework will support them towards being able to do so in the future.

Part A includes the provision of a narrative to explain the action that the employer is taking to recruit and retain disabled people. This includes information such as:

  • Organisational policies in relation to the recruitment and retention of disabled people;
  • Support offered to employees with specific disabilities;
  • The role of networks and support groups;
  • Progression and pay of disabled people;
  • Workplace adjustments; and
  • Employee engagement scores.

Part B is a proposal that employers report on the percentage of individuals who consider themselves to be disabled. If an employer chooses to report on this, it should:

  • State the question used by them. The framework recommends, “Do you consider yourself to have a disability or long term health condition (mental health and/or physical health)?”;
  • Explain the collection methodology of the data, for example, using anonymous staff surveys or updates to self-service HR records; and
  • Consider whether the data is reliable enough to publish.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

For reporting on mental health and wellbeing, it is intended that employers will report on both Part A and Part B. Part A is the provision of a narrative explaining the action the employer is taking to support the mental health and wellbeing of its employees. The information should address:

  • Employee take up of mental health support offered by the organisation;
  • Training offered to employees related to mental health;
  • The percentage of individuals within the organisation that are comfortable disclosing their mental health issues; and
  • Whether a public commitment has been made to adhere to both the care and enhanced standards as set out in the Review and how they are being achieved.

Part B covers a number of questions that will provide a starting point to measuring employee wellbeing. These include:

  • Overall, how satisfied are you with your life nowadays?
  • Overall, to what extent do you feel that things you do in your life are worthwhile?
  • How happy did you feel yesterday?
  • How anxious did you feel yesterday?

The government hopes to support employers and help them to improve employee engagement and retention by reporting on disability, mental health and wellbeing. The reporting is also a step towards promoting inclusivity and disability-friendly recruitment processes.


This bulletin is for general guidance purposes only and should not be used for any other purpose.

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