Duncan and Guy Robertson have constructed an integrated platform with the goal of mitigating the impact of poor mental health in the workplace.

The brothers based in the North-East aim to actively track, manage and mitigate the impact of mental health in the business while linking employees to a community of shared lived experiences.

Scaffmag has previously highlighted the excellent work being done across the scaffolding industry in terms of mental health. It seems the message is getting across the business spectrum like never before.

As the co-founders of Dittolo, a stage created to facilitate actionable insights, risk assessments, and cost impacts enabling organisations to implement “more proactive and preventative” support interventions, they hope to educate and offer better solutions than many current fragmented ones.

Carrying great experience in change management, Guy explained: “Most organisations simply don’t know the state of employee mental health in the business and can’t effectively quantify the cost. A report by Deloitte revealed poor mental health costs UK businesses an estimated £45bn every year.”

“What we want to do is empower organisations with actionable insights and provide employees with a safe and trusted space to connect with others who have a shared experience.”

Before the pandemic kicked in Duncan had completed more than 20 years in the airline industry. He added: “We are seeking to collaborate with organisations and their employees, to shape and define the platform in line with what works for them so we can provide the most effective tools, resources, and support that meet their needs.”

Their scheme has been strengthened after joining up with the Accelerator programme purpose-led by Nat West and based in the North-East. It’s predominantly aimed at those entrepreneurs redefining what it means to be a business and supporting a more inclusive and sustainable economy.

Duncan revealed: “The Accelerator has been invaluable in terms of upskilling our business-iq and providing a broader operational perspective for our business. We’ve also enjoyed working with other entrepreneurs and learning from them.”

Both large and small scaffolding businesses will be taking note as it’s clear the mental health of their workforce is of paramount importance both now and in the future.

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