Damien has been with Santander just over three years and is the Head of Culture and Inclusion working in the HR Function. As the Head of Culture and Inclusion, Damien leads the development of the culture strategy identifying the overall cultural themes to support the alignment of purpose, values and behaviours across 24,000+ colleagues. Included in his responsibilities are cultural direction, employee wellbeing, diversity and inclusion, culture measurement and people insights, employee engagement and behaviour frameworks. Prior to this role, Damien was the Head of Performance Management designing and implementing a cultural change programme, re-positioning performance management as part of the employee value proposition bringing simplification and alignment to how people contribute day to day. Damien previously worked at the BBC in Talent and Organisational Development and for RWE Group (Utility provider) as a Talent and Development Lead. Damien started his career in Learning and Development consulting with Capita Group.
Our mental wellbeing is not fixed, it's fluid and we all experience times when we're struggling or not coping as we might like, or where our circumstances and life events make things extremely difficult and challenging. It's part of life, and sometimes it's OK to not be OK. The recent Mental Health at Work YouGov survey conducted for Business in the Community (BITC) and Mercer Marsh Benefits* shows only one in two (51%) of respondents say they feel comfortable talking about mental health in the workplace, and two in five (39%) say they have experienced a work-related mental health issue in the last year. In this discussion, I will share a best practice framework that can be activated and build on existing offerings among employers at all levels with resources to help employers both get started, build on the current approach, share experiences and signpost further areas of support.
*Mental Health at Work YouGov survey conducted for Business in the Community (BITC), and Mercer Marsh Benefits. The findings are from a survey of 4,236 full and part-time employees in the UK that is representative of gender, age, industry sector, region and business size, excluding sole traders and those working alone. The survey explores mental health and wellbeing in the workplace with many questions tailored for managers and those who have a manager.