Support for mental health, personal development, and a living wage
We believe it’s important that Decent Group helps our employees live a happy and fulfilled life. There are three key ways in which we do this: we support people with mental health challenges, we use the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®) to understand each other’s personalities better, and we make sure our people earn a living wage that covers the real cost of living.
To support the mental health of our employees we are part of the Mindful Employer, a UK-wide mental health initiative. We have signed the Mindful Employer charter and we take active steps to help our team with any mental health issues, including signposting local resources and full use of occupational health therapies. For example, we aim to tackle the things that stress people at work; we encourage everyone to communicate about any problems they are experiencing – whether with their line manager or a colleague; and we have zero tolerance for bullying, harassment or discriminatory behaviour.
To help us support and develop our teams, we use the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, one of the most popular psychometric tools. It gives us a common language for addressing interpersonal issues, enhancing communication, resolving conflict, identifying gaps, and supporting both personal and professional development. Understanding each other better helps us to support one another at work which in turn boosts our performance and makes for a positive, inclusive culture.
We are also an accredited member of the Living Wage Foundation. This means we commit to paying at least the real living wage to all our employees. Each year the Living Wage Foundation independently calculates the amount that people actually need to cover the real cost of living – an amount that’s higher than both the minimum wage and the government’s national living wage. Providing the living wage has enabled our younger folks to start to save (which they were unable to do before), and also to move out of their parents' into good rental accommodation.
Supporting mental health, using Myers-Briggs and paying a living wage are powerful, practical ways to improve the quality of life for our staff, and we continue to focus on them as Decent Group grows and develops.