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The Bottom Line Imperative of Boosting Mental Health and Resilience in the Workplace
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Your company’s greatest asset is its people and while you may be remunerating your staff well, have you done a check in to see if your employees are ok, or even better, if they’re thriving? Have you put strategies in place to boost staff mental health, resilience and wellbeing? Why is it so important to think about their wellbeing? Because it’s costing you if you don’t.

Nearly three million Australians live with depression and/or anxiety* and according to the State of Mental Health in Australian Workplaces report in 2016, one in five Australian employees report that they have taken time off work due to feeling mentally unwell in the past 12 months**. The cost to Australian workplaces is significant. It’s estimated that untreated mental health conditions are costing approximately $10.9 billion per year***.

Businesses of all sizes are impacted by mental health and therefore the cost is impacting your business too. For a long time now, businesses have put strategies in place for dealing with employee sickness and mental health challenges but it’s only in more recent times that businesses have been thinking about the prevention rather than cure.

The fact is, these problems are not going away. Organisations exist in rapidly changing and competitive environments. Market players, processes and systems are constantly evolving, resulting in ever increasing workplace demands and pressures. This is why, getting on the front foot and being proactive with looking after your employee’s wellbeing is critical to your business success.

So what does this wellbeing strategy look like? It’s not just a simple team building exercise that will do the trick or converting the boardroom into a ping pong table. While there’s no one size fits all approach, every business needs strategies in place that help your people recognise the cause of stress and worry, how to deal with it and ways to work together to bring out the strengths of the team. Here are some things to think about when you’re building the mental health strategy for your business:

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  1. Start by identifying unhelpful stress coping behaviours such as procrastination, over preparing, being passive or aggressive
  2. Provide effective ways to manage and reduce worry
  3. Empower team cohesion with effective communication techniques
  4. Increase productivity with time management strategies
  5. Build awareness of the mind body connection and the importance of physical activity and good eating habits

If you need support with developing the mental health and wellbeing strategy for your organisation, please get in touch with us today. 

 

*Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2008). National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Summary of Results, 2007. Cat. no. (4326.0)

**The State of Mental Health in Australian Workplaces study by TNS and Beyond Blue 2016

***PwC. (2014) ‘Creating a mentally healthy workplace: return on investment analysis’.

Feel like a “fraud”? You’re not alone.

Have you ever been sitting in a meeting and when you looked around the room, you thought “any minute now, they’re all going to realise that I’m a fraud and not good enough to be here”? If you have, then you’re not alone. It’s called the Imposter Syndrome and it’s particularly prevalent in high-achieving people.

The Imposter Syndrome describes individuals who are marked by an inability to recognise their accomplishments and abilities and a persistent fear of being exposed as a “fraud”. The term was developed in 1978 by clinical psychologists Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes. Despite evidence of success, people with the Imposter Syndrome are convinced they don’t deserve the success they’ve achieved. They often think that their success is due to faking it, luck, being in the right place at the right time, or the result of others thinking they are better than what they really are.

That nagging fear of “being exposed” as not as intelligent, talented or deserving as everyone thinks, is a common phenomenon. Researchers believe that up to 70% of people have suffered from it at some point. Even Academy Award winning actress Kate Winslet has said: "I'd wake up in the morning before going off to a shoot, and think, I can’t do this; I’m a fraud."

So what can you do about it? Here’s how to overcome it:

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1. Stop comparing yourself to others

Comparisons are subjective and rarely helpful. In this age of social media, comparing ourselves to others is constantly at our fingertips. That person you’re comparing yourself to could be having the same challenges as you are but you certainly can’t tell from their social profile. Controlling your use of social media is an important step to ensure you are not getting caught up in endless scrolling and comparing.

2. Focus on the value of effort, not on trying to be perfect

You haven’t got to where you are now without a lot of hard work. So you need to remind yourself of the value of effort, rather than focussing on trying to be perfect. The fact is, no one is perfect, so why are you trying to achieve perfection? Your value is in your hard work, your individuality and your experience.

3. Pursue your goals

Don’t let your fear of failure get in the way of achieving your goals. Recognise thoughts as just thoughts, not facts. Acknowledge that worry just leads to more worry and serves no effective purpose and move forward aligned to your values and goals.

You’ve achieved what you have so far because of who you are and the effort you have undertaken and no one else can own that. So embrace your individuality and put a stop to trying to achieve perfection. Just knowing that you are experiencing the Imposter Syndrome is the first step to breaking through it. Now take the next step and put down your phone to be present and remind yourself of just how valuable you are.

If this feels very familiar and you’re ready to smash through fear and hesitation to achieve your goals, contact us to find out about our Mind Strength Leadership Coaching programs.