Are you chatting regularly with your team? Is that chatter just chatter? Or are you actually taking time to understand where your team members are at and working with them to create a balance between work and life? October is Mental Health Awareness Month and it’s time to start the conversation around mental health with your team and work with them to develop a culture that encourages positive mental health conversations.
Earlier this year we caught up with neuroscientist and counselor Dr. Diane Harner on how we can best look after our own mental health and also that of our team during a crisis. The webinar was packed full of useful tips and advice that we know you’ll get a lot out of, so we’ve summarised the key points for you below or feel free to watch the webinar (linked below) to get the whole package.
Eat, sleep, work and repeat? This is the routine, that is, if you’re looking for a burnt out team. As Diane emphasises that a good routine is all about striking the right balance between work and life while still maintaining a good sleep schedule, a healthy diet, and an active lifestyle. These three building blocks of sleep, diet and activity are the foundations of the positive mental health journey. Work should fit in around them.
Struggling to find ways to encourage your team to be active?
Looking to promote a healthy diet?
Encouraging your people to establish and maintain a positive routine starts from leading by example. Don’t place expectations on your people to work outside their agreed upon hours and also take this advice for yourself. This means, not messaging your people outside the hours that they’re meant to work, and also encouraging them to follow your example of only doing work within business hours.
As a leader, it’s important to continually check in with your people and look for irregularities in their behaviour. If extraverted team members are suddenly more quiet or introverted team members are more talkative, it may be a sign that you need to start a conversation about how work could be impacting their mental health.
Take time with your people to understand what challenges they face outside and inside the workplace so that you can best shape the work environment to their needs.
If you have more questions after watching this webinar, we spoke to Diane and got some answers for the topics we didn’t get to in our discussion. We also put together this handy guide to help you provide mental health care for your team.