EDGE Employment is a service of Connect Supporting Recovery Inc.
We are innovative and are at the leading edge of the mental health business. We have been successfully meeting the needs of North Shore and Rodney businesses and their employees for over two decades.
We are proud to have placed over one hundred people in work each year for the past twenty two years.
EDGE Employment is funded by government and philanthropic trusts. Our services are offered to employers and their employees at no cost to the employer.
While mainstream recruitment agencies may provide you with skillful workforce, they stay out of scene when it comes to job retention or developing workplace culture and minimizing stress at work.
EDGE Employment is not a mainstream recruitment agency, as we do not charge employers for hiring our jobseekers.
The services offered to employers are unique as we ensure the best possible match of individual's skills and experience with the job requirements.
One of our major objectives in placing our jobseeker with your business is to aim for job retention.
Job retention is one of our specialties as we provide support for both employee and employer.
The business-like approach recognises that the service has two key and equally as important clients: the job seeker and the employer. Thus an implicit aim is to provide a quality service that meets the needs of employers and enhances their workplace effectiveness. There is no searching for charity or an excessive beneficence on the part of the employer. A business case is made for the decision to hire someone with a mental illness.
Clearly, determined and inspiring leadership is vital in the face of these challenges. Such leadership must also be encouraging with a healthy dose of single-mindedness to ensure that employment for people using the service is the clear outcome to be achieved.
Improving access to mental health services, and responsiveness of those services has been a contentious issue for a number of years. A challenge for such services is to engage with clients, and offer interventions, which have meaning, relevance and contribute to successful living in the community.
The experience of EDGE is that of providing a service, which has been specifically shaped to meet a need. Any success EDGE has enjoyed has accrued from this focus. Popular belief within mental health services is that the community and employers are not interested in engaging with health and social initiatives. This is contradicted by developing business practices that implement notions of social responsibility and triple bottom-line reporting.
Thinking like a business is imperative to the survival of a service like this. In 2000 we achieved our goal of becoming an employment service with a mental health focus rather than a mental health service with an employment focus. Whilst this may seem semantic the difference in these two statements underpin how we do what we do.
While it is obvious that enjoyable work environment is going to be more productive, essentially save money on low staff turnover, reduces absenteeism and sick leave caused by work-related stress, not many businesses are actually able or knowledgeable about how to do it .