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Supporting mental fitness

Supporting mental fitness – raising awareness

Posted on: May 4th, 2021 by Ginny Hallam

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvellous” – (Aristotle).

Nature is the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week (10-16 May 2021). Here are some of our thoughts on positive practices to promote mental fitness at work:

Get outside – whether it’s walking meetings to reinvigorate conversation and innovation, time out for gardening or a bit of bird watching there are lots of ways nature can feature in the day without hindering productivity.

Flexibility – exercise has a profound positive impact on mental wellbeing. Employees might value the ability to vary their start/finish times to allow a little extra time to exercise around their work commitments.

Get competitive – daily step challenges, camp-outs, or charitable endeavours, there’s loads of fun (and free!) ways to encourage each other to keep active, engaged with the outdoors, and happy and healthy at work.

Promote holidays – with some restrictions still in place it might not seem like the most exciting time to take annual leave, but it’s important that employees are encouraged to take a break away from work (and devices). Annual leave is a great time to recharge and spend more time in the great outdoors.

If you’d like more proactive suggestions and insights on supporting mental fitness at work, you can access our free webinar here.

In-house training

Promoting positive well-being, keeping the conversation going, and giving your managers to confidence to support their teams – our engaging, participatory and interactive in-house training gives your managers the knowledge and skills to effectively support mental fitness at work. Get in touch to find out more about rolling out the training for your business.

Mental health toolkit

Promoting employee well-being and mental fitness creates a more engaged workforce, reduces sickness absence, and drives performance. We’ve created a user-friendly toolkit providing you and your managers the tools necessary to support your team’s mental health needs within the wider employment law context. If you’d like to find out more about what’s included, click here.

 

This update is accurate on the date it was sent (4 May 2021), but may be subject to change which may or may not be notified to you. This update is not to be taken as advice and you should seek advice if anything contained within affects you or your business.

Balancing support for mental fitness with a drive for performance

Posted on: February 11th, 2021 by Ginny Hallam

The last 12 months have been like no other. Whether it’s juggling home-schooling, concerns about safety, or even worrying about job security – mental fitness has recently taken a blow.

Here are some practical tips to maintain an environment that supports mental fitness meaning you can confidently continue to drive performance:

Care personally – communication is key. Understanding how individuals are doing, personal challenges at home or at work, and areas you can support means you may be able to help them maintain their mental resilience. Access our informal mental fitness agenda (here) to help structure your conversation.

Create flexibility – for those team members struggling with mental fitness, changes to their working hours, taking leave, job-sharing or buddying up may help.

Ask the experts – asking a medical expert for a better understanding of a mental health condition should provide clarity and a better opportunity to communicate proactively and support meaningfully.

Mental health toolkit

Promoting employee well-being and mental fitness creates a more engaged workforce, reduces sickness absence, and drives performance. We’ve created a user-friendly toolkit providing you and your managers the knowledge, skills and tools necessary to support your team’s mental health needs within the wider employment law context. If you’d like to find out more about what’s included, click here.

 

This update is accurate on the date it was sent (18 February 2021), but may be subject to change which may or may not be notified to you. This update is not to be taken as advice and you should seek advice if anything contained within affects you or your business.

Supporting mental fitness #9 – living through lockdown

Posted on: January 5th, 2021 by Ginny Hallam

New year blues, lockdown living, home-schooling struggles and furlough fears will be common for many.

In our latest series update, we explore how you can best support colleagues with their mental fitness.

Proactive flexibility – new lockdown creates new worries… anything from childcare, future finances, to relationships. Ask managers to be proactive and check-in with their team on an individual basis to find out the support and flexibility they need. There’s plenty that can be done that doesn’t cost the earth – whether it’s flexing working hours around schooling, furlough, early holiday, there are options available.

Caring personally – working from home or being furloughed can make colleagues feel isolated and disconnected. Encourage managers to have video calls and chats with colleagues on a regular basis and think about how they can continue to socialise whilst away from the workplace. Click here for our ideas on supporting those working remotely.

Tooling up – with Blue Monday fast approaching and many struggling with their mental fitness, knowing how to identify mental health challenges and approach discussions about mental wellbeing can feel difficult with many managers worrying about saying the wrong thing. Give managers the tools to spot the early warning signs of a struggling colleague and practical guidance to support with conversations. To find out how to access our toolkit of practical mental health documents, click here.

Signposting support – promoting options to support with mental fitness is vital – from internal mental health first aiders and mental health champions, to employee assistance programmes or even charitable organisations, it all helps.

Mental health webinar

For further suggestions and information about how you can best support mental fitness at work, click here to access our free mental health webinar recording.

Mental health toolkit

Promoting employee well-being and mental health creates a more engaged workforce, reduces sickness absence and drives performance. We’ve created a user-friendly toolkit providing you and your managers with the knowledge, skills and tools to support your team’s mental health needs within the wider employment law context. Click here to find out more.

 

This update is accurate on the date it was sent (5 January 2021), but may be subject to change which may or may not be notified to you. This update is not to be taken as advice and you should seek advice if anything contained within affects you or your business.

Supporting mental fitness – series roundup so far

Posted on: December 15th, 2020 by Ginny Hallam

Over the last few months we’ve shared positive, proactive, and practical insights to support mental fitness at work. From introducing mental health champions in your business to supporting your team with mental health challenges presented by the festive period.

If you’ve missed any of our mental fitness updates, you can revisit all the detail here. Or, if you’d like an even deeper dive into supporting mental fitness at work, you can catch-up on our recent webinar here.

Toolkit – supporting mental fitness

Promoting employee well-being and mental health creates a more engaged workforce, reduces sickness absence and drives performance. We’ve created a user-friendly toolkit providing you and your managers with the knowledge, skills and tools to support your team’s mental health needs within the wider employment law context. Here’s the full contents, or get in touch to find out more.

Supporting mental fitness #8 – is it the season to be jolly?

Posted on: December 8th, 2020 by Ginny Hallam

With Christmas parties cancelled, tier restrictions remaining in place, individuals self-isolating and many just feeling like they can’t go home during the Christmas break (despite the government’s permission to do so) – colleagues may find themselves alone over the holiday period and struggling with their mental fitness.

We explore the practical steps you can take to best support colleagues during the holiday period.

Mental fitness calendar – being alone and without the usual work routine can make taking time off from work feel unsettling and create imbalance leading to challenges on mental fitness. Think about pulling together a suggested calendar of events and actions to invest in so that the holiday period feels less daunting and supports with a sense of achievement each day.

You could include remote get-togethers, a reading or podcast list that you might be able put to use post-Christmas, charitable activities and creating a team social plan for the year ahead.

Making time – whilst it might not be possible to have the usual Christmas get-together this year, it’s still important to make time to connect and catch up with colleagues – especially those who might be alone for most of the Christmas break.

Whether it’s arranging a virtual Christmas party, sending care packages or keeping a team social group going over the holidays, there are lots of ways to care personally and keep the festive spirit. Encourage managers to have a video call or chat with colleagues you know may be struggling over the Christmas break. Diary ahead to ensure an intrusive approach is avoided.

Tool up managers – knowing how to identify mental health challenges and how to approach discussions about mental wellbeing can sometimes feel difficult with many worried about saying the wrong thing. Give managers the tools to spot the early warning signs when a colleague is struggling and practical guidance of how to create the right setting and agenda scripts to help with conversations. To access our toolkit of practical mental health documents, click here.

Signpost support – it’s important to promote and signpost support options available to colleagues and how to access them during the Christmas break. This could be internal mental health first aiders and mental health champions who have volunteered to be available during the festive period, employee assistance programmes or even signposting to charitable organisations.

Mental health webinar

For further suggestions and information about how you can best support mental fitness at work, click here to access our free mental health webinar recording.

Mental health toolkit

Promoting employee well-being and mental health creates a more engaged workforce, reduces sickness absence and drives performance. We’ve created a user-friendly toolkit providing you and your managers with the knowledge, skills and tools to support your team’s mental health needs within the wider employment law context. Click here to find out more.

 

This update is accurate on the date it was sent (8 December 2020), but may be subject to change which may or may not be notified to you. This update is not to be taken as advice and you should seek advice if anything contained within affects you or your business.