Would using Facebook at work make you more productive? I'll take wild guess that your answer is similar to mine, a resounding no. But just a few weeks ago Wal-Mart, one of the largest private employers in the US, announced that its’ employees are now going to be using this social media platform at work.
Our experience at work will always have an impact on our mental health, either in a positive or negative way, and to lesser or greater extents. The relationship is indisputable. Yet, it is difficult to draw direct causation between the two. Is it even our job that is causing harm to our mental health or is it something else in our environment? Are some jobs worse than others for our mental health? If so, what makes them so bad? Do only specific workplace factors have an effect while the others are irrelevant?
We’ve all heard this advice at least once: “do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life”. Sounds pretty simple right? Create a job out of your life passions and you’re going to like going to work so much, that it won’t even feel like you’re working! But don’t go quitting your job just yet. The do what you love (DWYL) mentality has not been immune to criticisms...
Back to school can be a stressful time for many children and parents. Whether you are sending your child to kindergarten for the first time, off to university, or anywhere in between, it is important to be mindful of the impact of these transitions on your mental health and theirs. Recognizing the impact on your mental health can help you plan, stay productive at home and at work, and be proactive to address any concerns that may arise.
Resiliency is a term people often discuss in the workplace - "the ability to bounce back after difficulty". Building resiliency is a great tool to support individual mental health, and to overcome challenges that life throws our way. We often speak about building resiliency in our educational sessions, and in one-on-one treatment sessions, but did you know that resiliency is also inspired by the movies we watch? Emmanuel Lopez has kindly offered to share his top 10 favourite movies to inspire workplace resiliency with us! These movies may be a great tool for individuals to watch or re-watch to get inspired, or even to review as a workplace team.
Returning to work after the death of a loved one is rarely a smooth transition. The cognitive demands of the workplace, the words of sympathy from coworkers serving as a reminder of the loss, and the crossover of the home/private life into the workplace all contribute to making what was once a daily routine, into an ongoing struggle.
During the spring time, healthy eating and fitness are often hot topics even in workplaces. Since workplaces are where you spend most of your waking hours, they are the great places to start taking the steps to your healthier lifestyle. As such, I propose a healthy workplace challenge for your workplace. Let the sunny days fuel your motivation to make a healthy lifestyle changes as a team! Ask your colleagues if they are interested in a healthy workplace challenge and make a commitment to start today!
What do you think makes for a happier and more productive workplace? A tough boss, or a nice boss? This article excellently highlights the benefits of being a "nice" boss, and we can't agree with the arguments more!