Let's talk about mental health and making it a part of your culture.
This can be a struggle for a lot of people and companies. I see it time and time again where we sort of do little flashes in the pan - Are You Okay? Day. But there's no real culture around mental health when those days aren't around.
When I talk to companies, they struggle because they don't know what that looks like for them. There are no set of rules, no checklists. They know that they have a duty of care.
So I want to bring you three tips on how to start making mental health a part of your culture.
1. Draw out a framework. What would that look like in your business? Go deeper into the framework for the strategies of how you're going to fulfil this framework. TIP - I always look at the low-hanging fruit. What are you currently doing where you can add a mental health aspect or spin on it? Toolbox talks, weekly meetings, safety huddles, pre-start meetings? No matter what you are already talking about there will be mental health aspects to it so include it. Now you can hit the ground running!
2. Work out your strategies. Start by looking at your company's values, mission statement, policies and procedures - how you want to help your team to grow? What avenues do you have to support your team? How are you going to get the messaging out to develop an open culture around Mental Health?
3. The most important one is to be consistent. I hear companies saying that they’re not getting much response from their efforts. Rather than stop what you are doing, be inquisitive - what change could you do to improve your response? Ask your people what they want, how can you as a business help them? Showing up will prove that you are serious, "It's what we do" which is, guess what? That's your culture.
Mental health doesn't affect the individual, it affects the team they are working with!
What action are you going to take today? Don't overthink it, starting somewhere is better than not starting at all!
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