Archive for October 2018

Mental Health in the Workplace

This Wednesday 10th October 2018 is WORLD Mental Health Day

I will be in Maidstone Kent at County Hall, Kent with the FSB for MENTAL HEALTH in the Workplace

It is sure to be a very informative event to help all employers and staff – to encourage a healthier happier workplace – which has a massive impact and helps people to feel so much happier.

What is good Mental Health?

“Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community”

The Mental Foundation reiterate this “Good mental health is not simply the absence of diagnosable mental health problems”

When a person’s Mental Health is compromised it can affect their work, their family life and friendships, and their physical health too.

Latest figures from the Health and Safety Executive is:

2016/2017 12.5 million working days lost due to Stress, Depression and Anxiety

Which is now 40% of all work absence, compared to the previous 2015/2016 of 37%

This equates to an average of 23.8 days a year lost per person

My personal argument is, there is also the days prior to absence – loss of focus and productivity when a person is feeling stressed, overwhelmed, tired, depressed or anxious. Prevention is always preferable, and it is in the interest of all of us, regardless of size of business – to look after our own Mental Health, to take responsibility. If you are the Boss, yours really matters, and is a great example for any employees you have, but also, if you feel good, the knock-on effect is -so will they.

To create the best working environment we can, offer and maintain a good Life/work balance and to let people know they are Valued.

No-one can run on empty, family and social life is important to our mental well being and happiness, making us more productive. One thing above all things, to get the best from an employee, to have great productivity and Loyalty – is to let them know they are Valued, that their role is important, to make sure they understand what their role is, and how it fits in with everyone else’s, and to spend time on their development  – so you have happy loyal productive employees.

A few tips:

  • Take lunch away from your desk or work station and have a proper break, go for a walk, even 10 minutes helps – most people do not do this!
  • Have regular team meetings
  • Prioritise workloads – to avoid duplication, and overwhelm and allow for –
  • Good time management
  • Leave work at a time that allows valuable time at home with your family, or friends
  • Exercise – in whatever form you love – the mental health benefits are huge, as well as gaining great physical health too
  • Take on a team challenge!
  • Practice Mindfulness – it works! as does learning Stress management
  • Train in Mental Health at work to help take the stigma away – we all have times we need help and support, you can also enlist dedicated companies for your staff to talk to
  • Have numbers for supportive organisations clearly visible – there are so many wonderful ones from MIND, to CALM (Campaign Against living miserably) aimed at men, ANXIETY UK, Heads Together, The Samaritans, Re-think Mental illness, Time to Change… there are so many

 

Just a few things, there is so much more. The work I do is to work on Confidence, and self-esteem to really help people recognise their skills and reach their full potential.

Andrea