Mindful Employer NZ Charter

The Mindful Employer NZ Charter consists of six positive statements outlining our business' commitment to becoming a Mindful Employer.

This is a voluntary agreement by New Zealand employers who care about improving mental health in the workplace.

The Charter is a statement of broad principles which employers work towards, not a formal set of standards or accreditation.

As a Mindful Employer, our business will strive to:

  1. Promote good mental health in the workplace, and show a positive attitude to employees who have, or who develop, mental health issues.
  2. Ensure all staff involved in recruitment activities are briefed on mental health and given appropriate interview skills.
  3. Make it clear that people who have experienced, or who develop, mental health issues will not be discriminated against and that disclosure of a mental health issue will mean that the right level of support at work is provided.
  4. Not make assumptions that a person with a mental health issue will be more vulnerable to experiencing signs of distress at work or take more time off than any other employee or job applicant.
  5. Support staff who experience mental health issues or who care for a family member affected by a mental health issue.
  6. Ensure all managers are given information and training about managing employees affected by mental health issues or caring for someone affected.

What is mental health?

Mental health is the emotional and spiritual resilience which enables us to enjoy life, and survive pain, disappointment and sadness. It is a positive sense of wellbeing and an underlying belief in our own dignity and self-worth.

Further information on some of the most common mental health conditions.