Career Transition:

If your employer has provided you with Career Transition Support through Optimum Talent, click here to get started.

 

Get Support With:
  • Career planning + assessment
  • Resume development + optimization
  • Creating your professional online profile
  • Networking training + events
  • Interview preparation

Optimum Talks Blog

Addressing Emotional Health in the Workplace

by Optimum Talent

The World Health Organization defines mental health as a state of well-being where every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively, and is able to make a positive contribution to her or his community. Every person is likely to experience a mental health challenge at some point in their life, and supporting mental health is a shared responsibility of individuals and organizations. The statistics are crystal clear. To help leaders and their teams work towards better well-being, we’ve compiled the following tips and techniques that can be applied immediately.

Taking Care of Yourself First

  • Accept your vulnerability and that it is okay not to have all the answers.
  • Permit yourself to feel any emotions that come your way.
  • Look after your mental, physical, and emotional health whether it’s through meditation, journaling, eating healthier, talking with your support network, or going for a run.

Leading Your Employees with Clarity + Compassion

  • Be present for your team and show that you care.
  • Address the uncertainty around you as best as you can.
  • Learn about the individual needs of each one of your employees.
  • Listen empathically, be silent, and ask simple yet powerful questions.
  • Learn to recognize the symptoms of mental health issues and how to respond to these challenges.

Leading Post COVID-19

  • Manage your leadership brand by first determining what type of leader you want to be known as (adaptable, resilient, collaborative, compassionate). 
  • Role-model appropriate behaviours for your employees and peers.
  • Help foster a psychologically safe culture to build compassion and trust.
  • Normalize flexibility and focus on outputs.       
  • Set clear expectations.
  • Encourage active participation in decision making and solutions.
  • Celebrate successes, no matter how small.

 

Mental health is costing Canadian businesses billions of dollars per year and many employees are struggling with a range of personal issues that impact their performance at work. Through Workplace Emotional Health, Optimum Talent can partner with your organization to implement a program that promotes positive mental health and well-being. With our integrated offering including virtual seminars, an organizational wellness audit, one-on-one or group coaching, and assessment, we can help leaders learn how to support employees to manage difficult personal issues to ensure compassion, engagement, and performance.

Downloadable tip sheet here.

Read more about this topic.

Share This: