Workplace Strategies

"The Working Mind" - Employee Mental Wellness Training

"The Working Mind" - Employee Mental Wellness Training

Trainings and seminars on employee mental health are emerging from all corners of the internet and in workplaces. This is testament to the growing awareness of the importance of workplace mental health in general, but in particular its effect on productivity and subsequent financial outcomes for employers. You can never have too much education, and when it comes to mental health the more you know the more you can make a positive impact with those you interact with…

Fostering Social Connections in the Workplace

Fostering Social Connections in the Workplace

When we spend so many of our waking hours at work, our relationships with colleagues become a fundamental source of wellbeing in the workplace. It’s about more than just “tolerating a co-worker,” or “getting along.” Rather, it’s about fostering meaningful connections ...

Should We Eat Lunch With Co-Workers?

Should We Eat Lunch With Co-Workers?

While browsing through the news this evening, I came across an article discussing the mental health and overall benefits of eating dinner together with our families. The main benefit cited by the author was that it provided a platform for communication, which is the first necessary step to tackling problems. It got me thinking, do these benefits also apply when we dine with our "work family"? ...

"What I Wish I Could Tell My Boss"

"What I Wish I Could Tell My Boss"

Is there something you really wish you could tell your boss right now, but instead you are holding it in? Well, you aren’t alone. Navigating the relationship between you and your employer can be tricky. It isn’t as easy as speaking what’s on your mind without filtering anything. The fear of reprimand for saying the wrong thing is real. So we bite our tongue instead of saying what we need to say. A lot ends up getting swept under the rug.

The 2018 "Employee Recommended Workplace Award"

The 2018 "Employee Recommended Workplace Award"

Is your workplace a mental health champion? Are your employees productive, engaged, and well supported in the work they do?

If you answered yes to these questions and you recognize the importance of workplace wellness, consider nominating your workplace for the 2018 Employee Recommended Workplace Award

Shared Offices: Helpful or Hindering?

Shared Offices: Helpful or Hindering?

Gone are the days of the cubicle. Many companies now are switching to office layouts that are open and shared, with no permanent spot for each employee. A recent survey found that two-thirds of 400 global companies were planning to implement shared offices by 2020 (Sander, 2017).

Shared offices often make people think of trendy, progressive companies where an intern can share the same desk one day as the senior manager the day before. This is called hot-desking, when employees can switch from desk to desk each day (Sander, 2017). There are also activity-based spaces where employees have the choice between quiet workstations or open desks, depending on what task they are trying to accomplish (Sander, 2017).

Social Media and Mental Health Part 2: Strategies for Self Care

Social Media and Mental Health Part 2: Strategies for Self Care

It’s midway through Mental Health Week 2017. In our post from earlier this week, we discussed the role of community managers, and how mental health can be impacted by frequent social media use. We know that being in this role can put you at risk for developing mental health concerns. Today we will discuss strategies on how to manage some of these challenges.

Sick Calls and Mental Health: Is There a Connection?

Sick Calls and Mental Health: Is There a Connection?

Have you ever felt that you are having a hard time going to work because of mental health reasons?

Do you find that you are calling in sick because of this?

Well, you are not alone! In any given week, at least 500,000 employed Canadians are unable to work due to mental health issues ...