Rather than tinkering around the edges and looking at deaing with stress in your workplace as a tick-box exercise, we'll take a multi-faceted approach to tackle it. It takes time and effort to create an organisation that enhances positive mental health and puts the whole person at the centre. Nevertheless, a strategic, top-down approach is the only way to transform the attitudes and behaviour that will result in this healthier culture.
Consulting with me will look different in every organisation since each workplace has its own unique climate. We'll work together to drill down and understand the fundamental issues that are causing the suboptimal environment in your organisation. Then, we'll collaborate to integrate a holistic strategy. This structure will frame a set of solutions to work through with your teams.
I can support with many of the tactical solutions including employee and line manager training (see below), policy support when identifying risk and implementing a stress policy in your organisation.
Some of the short-term tactics below are reactive measures and should fit as part of your overarching strategy. They are designed to empower your employees to feel immediate relief from some of their stress and give them a toolkit to help them become more resilient. The line manager training will also help managers feel more equipped to support their teams and acts as part of your strategy to proactively tackle stress and prevent mental ill-health occurring because of work. Each can be booked separately and tailored to your needs.
These interactive workshops arm employees with a toolkit to address stress, low moods and anxious feelings, empowering them to better deal with their own health and wellbeing. Great as lunch and learn sessions.
Everything's harder to deal with when we haven't had enough sleep but the pressures of work, and life, can make it difficult to get good sleep so the sleep-stress cycle continues. Research shows that tired managers are less likely to inspire and motivate their teams, and leaders who devalue sleep appear to cause followers to behave less ethically.
This workshop covers the importance of sleep and provides various practical recommendations for getting more better quality sleep.
According to a huge study published in BMJ Open, 81% of women have worked when ill during their period. It's estimated this presenteeism results in women losing 9 working days annually with an additional 1.3 days lost through related absenteeism.
With 80% of women not disclosing the real reason for their absence, this is clearly still a taboo subject but one that very much impacts work productivity.
This workshop is for women and non-binary people who bleed. It will teach them practical steps to work with the four distinct phases of their cycle to improve productivity and focus while reducing pain and stress.
The olfactory nerve in our nose is the only nerve in the body linked directly to the brain. Because of this, aromatherapy can have a fast and profound effect on emotions and stress. Using essential oils to positively influence mood is an ancient practise that modern science backs up.
Oils can be used easily and subtley in the workplace and are great tools for employees to use to support their mental wellbeing.
Available to book from March 2020.
This training is suitable for all team members so they can better help themselves and also recognise stress in colleagues. It covers:
so that attendees are better equipped to focus, manage their emotions at work, understand which aspects of work / the workplace deplete them and how to regenerate their mental energy, leading to better communication, decision-making and focus.
Line manager training is a key component in turning the tide on workplace stress. When we fail to equip our managers with the knowledge they need:
1) their own stress is exacerbated as they are caught in the middle of stress from both above and below without the tools to manage the pressure, and
2) their team members are negatively impacted when managers aren't educated on ways to support them
Managers are an integral part of the transformation in creating a healthy workplace culture.Therefore, we need to help managers understand what stress and mental health issues are, what they look like in the workplace, and how management style can affect them. They need to be clear on the impact poor and good mental health have on productivity and why it's such a pressing issue to address.
Evidence shows that team members don't trust their managers. We need to develop line-managers so they demonstrate good behaviours, understand how to act with compassion and listen to truly hear. Team members with mental health issues can thrive with the right support so training line-managers to make sure this is all "business as usual" is the right thing to do.
Team members aren't feeling supported when they disclose their stess or mental health challenges. Often this is because line managers are unsure about how they can help. This training introduces line managers to some examples of reasonable adjustments they could put in place and how they would go about doing so.
Remember that what's good for your people is good for your business. It's time to commit to the wellbeing of your people.
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