Australia Close to Becoming the Next to Recognize a “Right to Disconnect”

Australia Close to Becoming the Next to Recognize a “Right to Disconnect”

Will it benefit employee’s mental health? Based on what we’ve seen in other countries, it’s undetermined. The language is often vague, and there are exceptions for emergencies, which there should be. But that opens up loopholes in who gets to define “emergency.” (I have worked with lawyers for years; their definition of emergency might be anything that prevents them from billing time right this very second.)

It’s a Global Economy and a Global Talent Pool For Many Remote Workplaces

It’s a Global Economy and a Global Talent Pool For Many Remote Workplaces

I find it interesting that the same people who only want to hire “the most qualified” person also want to limit themselves to hiring only people who live in the vicinity of their office and are physically able to be in the office 8-10 hours per day, five days a week. It seems that leaves out many talented people who might be better qualified. Can your company compete with just that labor pool in a global economy when others search the world for talent?

If foreign companies poach American workers to work remotely, they might know something you don’t.

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?

Quick Thought – The Dangers of a “Passion” Job in Politics

Quick Thought – The Dangers of a “Passion” Job in Politics

I don’t particularly know why, but I came across an article out of Australia last week that caught my eye and got me thinking about working at our “passion” jobs. The reason I headed in that direction mentally was the description of what life is like for these various politicians after they lose an election….

Linked: New training for staying mentally healthy at work
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Linked: New training for staying mentally healthy at work

It’s from Australia, but the part that I have looked at so far could be useful for everyone trying to figure out how to build and maintain a workplace that supports mental health. (Check your local laws, though, as the legal references are obviously related to Australian workplace safety rules)

Linked: One in two employees reluctant to disclose a mental health condition at work

Linked: One in two employees reluctant to disclose a mental health condition at work

Through all of this, we still haven’t addressed the tough parts.

Sure, we’ve offered time off. We’ve told people it’s OK to not be OK. We’ve offered mental health apps for free. Maybe we’ve even offered more significant mental health benefits, or done sessions during the workday on stress and burnout.

What we haven’t done in many cases are the harder things, like creating a culture that is not rewarding all of the things we encourage employees not to do.