Imagine a business world where… people have a sense of purpose, where they genuinely support each other in a culture where colleagues care. Perhaps you’re lucky and this description mirrors your organisation? If so, I’d love to hear from you – how successful is your workplace? Is it falling by the way-side because people and not ‘meeting-targets’ is top of the agenda?
I’ve worked for organisations where there was a sense of purpose toward the service-users but this was overwhelmed by the lack of support and care for the individuals providing the service. This affected my confidence, reduced my trust in managers, the people at the top and made me realise that our values were quite different.
At our Work’s Mental Conference last week speakers stated time and again: the key components to creating a mentally healthy culture are to be proactive, ensure senior leader engagement and provide learning and development for all line managers.
If you’re not going to look after your people, make them number one then how can you expect them to be their best? If you’ve hired the right person, surely you should be celebrating and doing everything you can to enable them to succeed.
Start with the simple stuff: for example chatting and getting to know your people; ask open questions and listen to what’s being said; begin meetings with ‘how are you?’
What can you do today to take a step toward creating a culture that cares, that supports people’s mental health?
Couch to … what?
We might laugh … but it’s amazing how many people don’t move during the working day – especially now that many of us are staying at home. There’s no commute, no meetings to go to, no need to see a colleague three floors up, no workplace cafe to saunter along to. Before the world changed, at least we all had […]
How’s Sandra’s Mental Fitness?
Listen to Sandra and consider which of her habits you can relate to. Okay, I hope you’d agree – Sandra’s not getting on very well. I hope too that you’re thinking, “well, I’m not that bad!” Be honest though, what of any of her habits, could you relate to – worrying? Staying up late? Snacking? For top […]
I saw a deer today
I went for a run this morning, I’m in Glasgow. I came out of some woods and into a clearing and there it was, a deer – still, alert, beautiful. We had a moment together, me in awe, both curious. I found myself smiling, peaceful, feeling lucky that this wild creature and I had the chance […]
Don’t Stay Calm!
We’re good at NOT doing what we’re told. The media has reached fever pitch so at times, I do feel panic levels rising in me and have to consciously suppress it. Intuitively I know that I need to breathe deeply, hum, sing, go for a walk, go to crossfit, do some yoga, have a hug, draw, […]
An incredible day at Work’s Mental Edinburgh 2020 … Big thank you to all the amazing speakers and contributors, you all lived up to the mantra of – vibrant … fun … upbeat … thought provoking engaging … empowering … practical Look forward to the next one – don’t miss it! Work’s Mental – the […]