Mental health has never been more at the forefront of businesses and I for one am so happy that it is, it’s something I’ve championed myself for quite some time. I’m sure there was a time some clients thought my suggestions were a little on the woo woo side!! Now it’s definitely becoming more and more prevalent!
With the end of the year fast approaching (and Christmas time itself can bring about some stresses for many people), it’s not always a happy time of year for some people.
However, it is a perfect time to set pause on things and take a step back and assess where things are for you, your business, and your employees. It can be a really tricky time for some, added pressure to achieve before year end, financial pressures of the holidays, on top of the current financial crisis, strikes and everything else. Now is a great time to step back and review where everything is up to and whether you’re still on track.
With the cost-of-living crisis over us, it may be that your usual seasonal activities aren’t possible this year, but if there is one thing that the pandemic taught us it’s to think outside the box, right?! You may not find anything new in my suggestions however, I do always find that when I’m stuck it’s usually the basics I skip over.
So perhaps, when you’re looking to freshen up your teams and the budgets don’t stretch to the usual Christmas party, invite people to get together for a festive coffee break, a few mince pies, and a chat away from the desks. If you’re lucky enough to work near a woodland or park, or remotely meet up and suggest a festive walk. I have been part of a networking event where we meet at the forest for a walk, and you’ll be surprised how well it works. Get involved in #christmasjumperday and raise fund for charity, collect presents for a local community initiative, or volunteer to help as a team. That team building and doing things for others is a great way to restore a bit of a ‘feel-good’ factor!
How are you doing? (Anyone else read that in the voice of Joey from Friends?)
As the end of the year approaches, it’s time to look at where you are and check up on your HR and People leaders – burnout (especially at this time of year) can creep up very quickly. If they’re not looking after themselves, then they won’t be able to look after others in the business. Self-care is so important.
Many companies are looking for ways to stand out as an employer right now, shaking things up a bit and thinking outside the box can really help with that. Showing your employees that you care about their wellbeing, in any way you can it will go a long way. Check out some of our other blogs on the website where we give you lots of ideas around this. Click here.