“People are scared to talk about it, but they should be scared about not talking about it.”
There is currently a lot of buzz around the subject of mental health, but whilst we debate about it, how can we really get to grips with managing mental health within our organisations?
This post is just a simple outline of how you can start to structure those trickier conversations and allow people to speak openly about their mental health at work. It is important to remember that the steps towards positive mental health cultures begin with creating a safe space within our organisations.
“We are not perfect human beings, nor do we have to pretend to be, but it is necessary for us to be the best versions of ourselves that we can be.”
With the world of work evolving at a rapid speed; the introduction of new technologies, increased emphasis on diversity and inclusion, as well as a more modern approach to leadership to name but a few. They all present new challenges to organisations, but if businesses are turning to new ways of working, then how can we make better use of our people?
Many HR departments and professionals are debating this very subject. When I first started in HR, my first role was as an HR Administrator, creating contracts of employment and printing off employee handbooks. One of my concerns with increased automation is the lack of entry level HR roles that may be available in the future, how can we attract people into our profession when the roles simply don’t exist? Could HR possibly be facing its own skills shortage in the future?
“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
Flexible working has not only become a top priority for employers, it is also a desirable for job candidates. As a result, working from home is continuing to grow in popularity, from saving money on your daily commute and no office interruptions, it can be a really effective way to handle those admin or project days.
It does however come with some challenges and the main concern from employers when allowing their employees to work from home is measuring how productive working from home can be, so there is a big emphasis upon trust on both sides of the employment relationship.
If like me, working from home is something you are able to do on occasion, it can be difficult to keep focused, so here are some easy ways that you can be your most productive self at home:
“We welcome all ages, all races, all gender identities, all countries of origin, all sexual orientations, all religions, beliefs and all abilities”
Spice Girls, Spice World Tour 2019
To me, growing up in West London through the Nineties was the absolute best, it meant dressing up as your favourite Spice Girl or All Saint, you either loved Blur or Oasis (you never sat on the fence with that one!) and you could buy literally everything you needed from the Great British High Street.
I remember the long summers running around with my friends; for me, the one thing I remember about growing up in the 90’s was how pop culture brought everyone together, not everyone could afford the latest CD’s so my friends and I would make mixtapes for each other and swap CD’s on the school bus.
Whilst the Nineties was colourful and full of optimism, at the time, it was incredibly hard for most families, unemployment was high and the country was still recovering from the biggest recession the country has ever seen in the mid Eighties.
“Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it” Ferris Bueller
A recent research report published by Gallup suggests that the worlds happiness levels are at their lowest level in over a decade. Well that’s a depressing concept to start this blog post off with but unfortunately that is a reality. Gallup surveyed 154,000 people across 146 different countries, proving that happiness is a worldwide issue.
Recently, I was fortunate to discuss this very topic at the Natural HR Conference at Monkey World in Dorset, and the session centred around trying to get people to realise where true happiness came from and if we keep looking for it (at work or otherwise!) then we simply won’t find it.
After recent events in my personal life, I have realised that my previous blog post appeared to be not very “me” and in all honesty, I thought I would throw in the towel and place the blog on hold for a while.
Thankfully, I have decided against that, because I love writing and using my platform to inspire others to follow their career dreams and aspirations.
Today marks the end of Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 and so this week, I have taken some time to reflect about my personal thoughts and feelings.
As you may (or may not) have noticed, my blogs and social media presence have not been as consistent as they would normally, this is because I’m having to make a stark admittance to myself, I am struggling.
After a non-stop four years, my mental health has started to suffer and whilst I love nothing more than the busyness of my successful career, sometimes we have to recognise and listen to what our minds and bodies need. Mine right now is screaming at me to stop.