One of our committee objectives last year was to create resources to help explain what occupational therapists can do to support workplace mental health. We created two fact sheets- one for the public, and one for employers or insurance companies.
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…
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"? ...
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.
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.
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).
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.