Employee Wellness Plans Are Likely Making No Difference
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Employee Wellness Plans Are Likely Making No Difference

o here’s an app, but your manager is still going to expect you to answer emails 24×7, customers will be given your cell phone number to reach you whenever, and you’ll be expected to produce 8 hours of work while also attending 4-5 hours of meetings every day. All while not making enough money to pay for childcare or pay off the loans you took to get the degree that was required to get the job in the first place.

Gee, I wonder why that yoga class isn’t helping.

Would Retiring Induce “Relevance Deprivation Syndrome” For You?

Would Retiring Induce “Relevance Deprivation Syndrome” For You?

I think another way to understand this is our cultural obsession with “what you do” being the defacto representation of “who we are,” meaning that when we stop working, it can be detrimental to our mental health. After all, if you’ve spent 35-40 years identifying yourself as a lawyer, what will you be when you stop working as a lawyer?

Linked – The ripple effects of layoffs
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Linked – The ripple effects of layoffs

It’s December, and the number of organizations conducting layoffs keeps growing. It’s been a never-ending cycle of layoffs. Let’s not kid ourselves and assume that everyone is feeling OK about that. Let’s not ignore the mental health elephant in the room, let alone the damage to workplace culture. And let’s also acknowledge that leaders who have conducted any layoffs do not get the benefit of the doubt regarding trust. There’s simply no reason to trust you.

Stories Can Help Eliminate Mental Health Stigma, But Is The Workplace A Safe Place to Share Yours?

Stories Can Help Eliminate Mental Health Stigma, But Is The Workplace A Safe Place to Share Yours?

Bosses, ask yourself the question. Is this a safe place for people to talk about their mental health? If it’s not, what can you do to change that? The article above has some advice for you. Maybe it all comes down to the kind of people who work for you and the behavior that you tolerate. If someone is honest about their mental health struggles and then you allow them to be stigmatized by others, it’s not a safe place.

And if it’s not a safe place, your wellbeing program doesn’t matter.

Building a Culture that Supports Mental Health By Creating Opportunities to be Kind

Building a Culture that Supports Mental Health By Creating Opportunities to be Kind

As I said, I’ve seen this same research. More than once. I’ve talked about it here and here, and probably a few other times as well. On the individual level, acts of kindness toward others are beneficial for not only the receiver but the giver. As a peer, I can do what I can to give to my coworkers, but what does it look like to have a culture that encourages, rewards, and maybe even expects that kind of behavior?