Approximately half (49%) of managers have never received training on mental health in the workplace, according to research by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).Its survey of 940 UK managers also found that only 30% have received this training in the last year, while a further 20% did so more than a year ago.Ann Francke (pictured), chief executive officer at CMI, said: “Given the vital importance of maintaining mental health at work, the fact that half of managers have never been trained in this area shows we have a very long way to go to make this a part of essential workplace practice.”Around half (51%) of managers have had a member of staff disclose a mental health problem to them; this means that 62% of respondents who have spoken with an employee about mental health issues have either never had any relevant training or received their training over 12 months ago.Senior managers are less likely than their junior counterparts to receive training on managing mental health at work, with 51% of senior respondents never having this training, versus 44% of junior managers.More than half (52%) of managers over the age of 50 have not had training, compared to 42% of respondents aged between 18 and 29, while 52% of male managers have also not been trained in this area. In comparison, 42% of female managers have not been trained in helping employees with their mental health.Francke added: “CMI research shows that mental health at work is an issue that cannot continue to be ignored, as over 50% of managers have had a mental health problem disclosed to them by colleagues.“Line managers play a absolutely critical role in supporting employees’ mental health and wellbeing. Employers are already required by law to provide training on physical health and safety. It’s time the same requirements applied to mental health.”
3,800 delegates from around the world have descended upon Melbourne for the 22nd annual Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME), which kicked off today at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. As the core of Business Events Week 2014, where more than 60 business events will take place in Melbourne until 21 February, AIME will offer exhibitors the opportunity to share in more than AUD $250 million worth of business through meetings. “AIME is the leading event in the Asia-Pacific region for the meetings, incentives and exhibitions industry and the perfect vehicle to illustrate the contribution of business events to Australia’s economy, knowledge sector and tourism industry,” Melbourne Convention Bureau chief executive officer Karen Bolinger said. Furthermore, attendees will have plenty of opportunity to see and experience the latest event technologies, thanks to the Sabre Pacific sponsored Innovation Zone where leading event technology companies will showcase their newest product developments. “We have seen an increase in the number of hosted buyers and visitors that will be attending the show this year, and with 54 per cent of hosted buyers attending for the first time, Exhibitors have greater opportunities to place business with new contacts and companies,” Reed Travel Exhibitions director for AIME, Jacqui Timmins said. This year, the popular AIME Knowledge education program has been expanded to include 17 seminars focusing on a diverse range of topics, from creativity and innovation, to leadership and communication, presented by some of the world’s leading educators, thought leaders, entrepreneurs and researchers. Buyers, sellers and media from 29 countries, will be exposed to two days jam packed with business meetings, new technology showcases, networking sessions and professional development sessions, featuring some of the world’s most well respected and inspirational speakers, including co-creator of Earth Hour Todd Sampson. Source = ETB News: L.B.