Mind have today published some extensive research into Workplace Wellbeing and it's findings have been reported all over the national media. It's big news for business and among other things, the report highlights how taking a proactive, preventative approach to supporting the mental health of staff is a crucial element of an effective workplace wellbeing strategy.
Listen up. Time off work and issues with work/life balance can quickly lead to stress and burnout, which may lead to sickness absence. Ignoring this has lead to a reported £33-£42 billion burning a hole in the collective pocket of business, proving that investing in supporting mental health at work can only be good for business and productivity. If they did, the latest companies evaluation of workplace interventions show a return to business of £1.50-£9 for every £1 invested.
Here are some key facts pulled out of the report:
Here's a link to the full report.
It's seems obvious, doesn't it, that it's better to act or deal with problems immediately. If you wait and deal with them later, things will get worse and problems will take longer to deal with and costs begin to spiral. And this is where Coaching is both King and Queen. Coaching will fit nicely into any possible wellness plan as a proactive way of supporting an employee by putting in these early intervention mechanisms to not only keep them well but also productive at work. What more would employers want? With skills of listening, questioning and building trusting relationships that are common to counselling, mentoring and therapy, coaching too promotes awareness, responsibility and self-belief. The significant difference with coaching however is, whilst making use of counselling skills, it is less focused on the past and more focused on goal or role-related achievements, optimising success and fulfilling potential. Typically the process involves a conversational style of probing, listening, pausing and giving the person space and time to reflect, be mindful and stay well-connected to the present. It's the conflict between a person's desires, beliefs and core values that often results in stress leading to under-performance and dissatisfaction at work and Coaching addresses all this by reframing mindsets, helping to shift perspectives and challenge world views to support and stimulate a new normal. It's not only incredibly empowering but a jewel in the crown of preventative mental health. Employers would be missing a big trick to not have Coaching as an integral part of their employee tool kit.
Thanks to resident Guerrilla Barry for kicking us off with our first blog. Amongst all the Coaching and People Development we do, we're taking on Identity Coaching as our personal crusade. It'll all make sense when you've read the blog but in a nutshell ... why not live the life you deserve to live? Be the person you are? Everybody else is taken.