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What other important dates should you be aware of in 2023?

The King’s Coronation – May 6th 2023

2023 will see the coronation of His Majesty King Charles III on Saturday May 6th 2023, and the UK will gain an extra bank holiday as a result. The extra bank holiday to celebrate the coronation will fall on Monday May 8th 2023, and this will be in addition to the bank holidays already scheduled in May (Monday May 1st and Monday May 29th).

The extra national holiday could lead to a rush of employees booking annual leave around these dates to take advantage of an extended break. So, you will need to ensure staffing levels aren’t negatively impacted. In addition, confirm with employees how you’ll be managing the extra bank holiday in the context of any contractual agreements your company has, and update your HR system if required. Also, it’s possible you may have employees who’ll need to work over the extra bank holiday, even if they’re entitled to the time off. Consider whether you could offer either time off in lieu or extra pay to reward these employees for their work over this additional national holiday.

Mental Health Awareness Week – May 15th – 21st 2023

Founded by charitable organisation The Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week looks to highlight the importance of healthy mental wellbeing and create open conversations about mental health. However, despite huge strides by many organisations to prioritise the mental health of employees, many people still consider discussing their mental health as a taboo subject.

Mental Health Awareness Week provides the perfect platform on which to do that; so, start thinking about how your business can champion good mental health as part of a positive company culture.

Pride Month – June 1st – 30th 2023

Did you know that over 76% of LGBTQ+ employees say they’ve hidden their identity at work? It’s clear that there’s still a long way to go in making the world of work welcoming to everyone. For that reason, it’s vital we help to support and foster more inclusive company cultures – and Pride Month is the perfect time to do exactly that.

Black History Month – October 1st – 31st 2023

The 1st of October sees the start of Black History Month. The UK is lucky to have a wonderfully diverse and multicultural population, but its origins can be traced back to a much darker part of the UK’s history and the age of empire. As a result, many of the achievements and contributions made by Black, African and Caribbean people were overlooked, ignored or simply forgotten – something Black History Month aims to correct. Celebrating Black History Month is a brilliant way for your workforce to not only embrace and discuss cultural differences, but also enhance that all important staff engagement that supports positive company cultures.

National Work-Life Week – October 2nd – 6th 2023

Stress and burnout are two things that can be hugely damaging to a person’s wellbeing. The National WorkLife Week is all about reducing the chances of these two damaging mental health conditions, and promoting a healthier work-life balance for both you and your employees.

The week is a fantastic opportunity to underline the importance of positive mental wellbeing and host activities to help raise awareness – such as encouraging employees to take regular breaks, share useful mental health resources or even hosting a group workshop on maintaining positive mental health.

Other notable dates to consider
• Chinese New Year – February 1st 2023
• Random Acts of Kindness Day – February 17th 2023
• Employee Appreciation Day – March 3rd 2023
• International Women’s Day – March 8th 2023
• Ramadan begins – March 22nd 2023
• International Human Resources Day – May 20th 2023
• Loneliness Awareness Week – June 13th – 17th 2023
• International Happiness at Work Week – September 18th – 24th 2023
• ‘Movember’ – November 1st – 30th 2023
• International Men’s Day – November 19th 2023