The Stories We Tell Ourselves About Work
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The Stories We Tell Ourselves About Work

Whether you want to talk about social media posts about “always grinding”, the never-ending side-hustle, etc. even in the midst of a global pandemic and the acknowledgement of the mental health issues tied to overwork, we still brag about how much we overwork. In the workplace, we talk a good game about employee wellness, and work-life balance, but who wins all the accolades at the end of each project, or quarter? The folks who put in the “extra effort”. (aka “hours”) 

It’s as if we never really left that early Protestant environment, and it’s the same reason why so many people who have been successful have such a hard time accepting that things have changed. We still hang on to the belief that says good people work hard, and that hard work leads to success. Bad people don’t work hard, and this is why they don’t have success.

Compare and Contrast – What Helps Remote Employees?
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Compare and Contrast – What Helps Remote Employees?

I feel like I can just share the titles of these two articles and make my point. But I will add this one thing. As work moves to a more remote, work from anywhere, model, you have a choice on how to manage your people. You can define the work they need to do, explain how it will be measured and trust them get it done, or you can treat them like children.

Which one do you think will make for better engaged, mentally healthy, employees?

Mental Health in the Workplace Round Up for May 2021

Mental Health in the Workplace Round Up for May 2021

I know, I’m asking you to follow a few links and do a bit of reading here, but this is important. Not just because supporting employees is key to attracting and retaining the best talent, nor because employees who can bring themselves honestly to the workplace are likely to be more engaged and passionate about the job, but because those people who work for you are human beings. The workplace is where they will spend so much of their day to day lives, even when that workplace is virtual. They’ll spend more time interacting with each other than most other people in their lives. If we can’t look out for each other in that space, we’re doing a massive disservice to each other.

Linked: Shortage in mental health services fans flames of employee burnout
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Linked: Shortage in mental health services fans flames of employee burnout

Use your vacation days, encourage the people who work for you to use their vacation days. Putting anything work-related above the need we all have for time away from work, is surely one road to burnout. There are many others, some of which you can’t do anything about by yourself, but this is one you control. And it’s easy enough to do and to allow your people to do.

Linked: 4 Ways to Uplift Men in Employee Mental Health Programs
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Linked: 4 Ways to Uplift Men in Employee Mental Health Programs

There are 4 suggestions in the article below, and I encourage you to check them out and apply them in your workplace, toward everyone, but there’s something just so stereotypical that you can see a direct correlation between employee assistance programs and the number of women who work there. That tells me that we still, in 2021, expect men to just suck it up and not need help.

That attitude is damaging, and in some cases killing, men as we speak. The same ones we work with everyday. Don’t we owe them more?

Linked: The UK’s Mental Health Issues in the Workplace – 5 statistics
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Linked: The UK’s Mental Health Issues in the Workplace – 5 statistics

The other statistics in this article point out what kind of impact those two facts above have on the bottom line, but I’m going to take issue with the importance they are given in this article. Don’t just make changes in your workplace culture because it’s better for the bottom line, do it because it’s the right thing to do for the human beings who work for you. They aren’t lines on a spreadsheet, they are people, with lives outside of work, who you have an opportunity to support. The fact that supporting them might also help your bottom line is nice, but irrelevant to the larger issue.