Performance management and mental health issues

Performance management and mental health issues


Date(s) - 28th February 2024
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Kingsley Napley

The London HR Connection is delighted to welcome you along to our next live and ‘in person’ networking event held in conjunction with leading law firm, Kingsley Napley.

As well as the chance to network face to face over a glass or two of wine and something to eat, we will be joined by HR industry leaders and employment law and mental health experts to discuss and debate mental health issues in the context of performance management.

We are all mental beings as much as we are physical. We all have mental wellbeing issues from time to time as well as physical wellbeing issues. Mental health issues affect performance at work and, in today’s world, probably much more than physical health issues. It can be enormously difficult for employers to deal with employees, particularly in a probation period, if they are not performing and then it becomes clear or it is notified to them that the person has a mental health condition.

An employee having a mental health condition does not prevent an employer from taking action in relation to poor performance, but this can be very tricky to navigate.  In this interactive session we will consider dealing with mental health issues in the context of performance management.  Our experts will explore, by discussing specific examples and inviting comments from the audience, how that can be done whilst complying with the law and ensuring that appropriate reasonable adjustments are made, both generally and specifically in relation to any performance management process.

Our panellist

Andy Norris is a senior associate in the Employment Team at Kingsley Napley LLP. Whilst Andy advises both individual and employer clients on the broad spectrum of employment issues, his practice tends to be employer focused. Andy has spent time on secondment as an in-house employment lawyer at a global IT outsourcing company and is therefore experienced in working alongside HR professionals from within the business. He regularly advises employer clients on performance management issues and is familiar with the impact mental health issues can have on individuals.

Ngozi Cadmus is a psychotherapist and mental health social worker who established Frontline Therapist, a service that provides accessible psychological therapies to marginalised groups, and Happiworkers, a culturally sensitive workplace mental health tech solution. Ngozi is currently pursuing a doctorate at Tavistock focusing on the conditions that either facilitate or hinder Black women from reaching leadership positions and recently gave a TEDx talk on the subject.

Natasha Forman is a senior associate in the Employment team at Kingsley Napley and ranked as a Rising Star in The Legal 500. She acts for both employers and senior executives in a wide variety of sectors, including (but not limited to): financial services, legal, media and entertainment, other professional services firms and luxury brands. Natasha advises on the full range of employment-related issues and specialises in whistleblowing and discrimination matters. She has a strong track record in helping her employer clients avoid costly litigation and to resolve often highly sensitive matters.

Dr Rebecca Holt is a chartered clinical psychologist with a specialist training in the field of health psychology and the co-founder of Working Mindset. Rebecca brings her extensive experience both in a research and clinical capacity to support businesses to develop and implement all aspects of their mental health at work strategy. Rebecca is passionate about bringing clinically proven solutions into the workplace supporting both the individual and organisation to flourish and thrive. 

Caroline Roberts is currently Executive Director, People and Culture, at Octavia, the housing, social care and charity organisation founded by Octavia Hill. She is a Fellow of the CIPD, a BAFTA member and qualified in mediation and psychometric assessment. She’s led people functions in organisations in the public and private sector including Fox International Channels, Zaha Hadid Architects, Visit Britain, the CBI and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. She is also an Associate Non-Executive Director for Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust where she is Wellbeing Guardian. 


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