At Xcede, promoting wellbeing at work is key to producing a happy and motivated team of employees. This is especially the case in the recruitment industry, which can be fast-paced. That is why, in aid of World Mental Health Day (#WMHD2019), we are hosting a lunchtime workshop session on resilience and wellbeing.
This year, the Mental Health Foundation is backing the theme of supporting good mental health in the workplace, with a view to breaking down the barriers which prevent people from being supported in any struggles they may be facing. The day itself will also aim to cast light on mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma.
It was recently reported that 74% of people have felt so stressed they have been overwhelmed or unable to cope at work (Mental Health Foundation, 2018 study). Meanwhile, further evidence suggests that 12% of all sickness absence days in the UK can be attributed to mental health conditions. The charity also estimates that a staggering 70 million work days are lost each year due to mental health problems in the UK, costing employers approximately £2.4 billion per year.
Our workshop will be delivered by Michelle Flynn, a Certified International Health Coach (CIHC) who started off her career in the recruitment industry before going in-house. It was during her career as a recruiter and career adviser that Michelle began to experience regular bouts of fatigue and sickness until she committed the time and energy to look after herself, with the focus being on reducing stress. Michelle now specialises in all aspects of health and wellbeing programmes. She works with companies to help them understand their health and happiness goals; such as reducing stress, improving sleep patterns and boosting career development. She then supports people as they aim to achieve and sustain their goals through coaching sessions, presentations and workshops.
While good mental health is, of course, wonderful for workers, it promotes increased productivity, working towards a common goal and a better reputation. Improved wellbeing at work also results in more effective communications, increased clarity in decision making and a move towards creative problem solving. This ultimately means that everyone stands to gain from a workplace that pays attention to mental health issues.
Our workshop is open to all employees and a free, healthy lunch will be provided. The event will complement our existing quarterly wellbeing events. They typically address a range of broad objectives, such as strengthening an employee’s personal resilience by providing them with a set of skills for overcoming psychological obstacles in the effective pursuit of valued goals and actions. Employees can then apply these skills to each and every area of their lives, be it work, relationships, personal growth, health and leisure. These activities should subsequently result in improving their overall wellbeing.
We address wellbeing and resilience in tandem to achieve a positive culture across our business, while understanding and proactively supporting colleagues who are struggling, be it from stress, anxiety or depression.