Nothing is as invisible as the obvious
50-80% of Kiwis will experience a Mental Health or addiction problem in their lifetime. (MHC, 2018). Workplaces simply cannot ignore this anymore and we have to start looking at our work environments and how we can deal with what has essentially been the invisible part of Health and Safety up until now.
While New Zealand’s workplace safety incident rates are inexcusably high and rightly deserve our attention, addressing our failures in relation to worker safety should not excuse us continuing to ignore our even greater failures in relation to our workforce's Mental Health and Well-being (Duncan, 2016).
We believe in order to make work places great, we have to acknowledge our people as a whole - the physical and psychological, and learn how to create work environments where everyone has the opportunity to be both physically and psychologically safe.
So what is Mental Health and how does it impact the workplace? Mental Health comprises of our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices
Mental Health can range from feeling a bit out of sorts to experiencing high levels of stress, burnout or anxiety.
What we know about people is, when we feel good about ourselves often we are more likely to work productively, interact well with colleagues and make a valuable contribution to the workplace.
So lets make the invisible visible so that we are better able to manage the Mental Health and Well-being of our people at work.
We can work with you in the areas of:
- Promoting positive Mental Health and Well-being in the workplace
- Support leaders in working with team members who are experiencing Mental Health and Well-being challenges
- Dealing with stress in the workplace
- Managing anxiety in the workplace
- Organisational change and Mental Health
- Growing a resilient organisation