According to the 2019 Economic Times, a survey covering 3000 employees from IT, Manufacturing, financial, and start-up sectors, gathers that one out of every five employees of India Inc suffers from workplace depression. Medical professionals blame this epidemic of the mind as a consequence of the lack of a support system at the workplace.
When we view workplaces as living, dynamic ecosystems, we are forced to acknowledge the deep interaction and network of interpersonal relationships that thrive within them. And as much as we would like to neatly organize our lives into personal and professional, the reality is these worlds influence each other – often very heavily. While understanding this interplay of a group working together, the impetus to be trauma-informed and mental-health positive becomes compelling.
How can you as an employer, foster a sense of co-ownership among your employees towards aligned organizational goal achievement?
Most workplace well-being programs take a uni-dimensional approach towards Mental Health and when it comes to the responsibility of building a supportive workplace, it is mostly vested solely with the HR / Diversity Inclusion team or the organizational leadership. However, this approach tends to discount individualistic experiences and locates all power and accountability among a select, often small group of individuals.
With the Workplace Well-being programme, we envision creating such an informed, supportive and sustainable workplace ecosystem by:
- Exploring the interaction of personal & professional self-inquiry
- Developing a shared understanding of mental health support at the workplace
- Building a trauma-informed workplace
The physical and emotional safety generated between an individual and their workplace, shared trust, opportunities to exercise choice & agency, and the larger ability to collaborate on tasks become the cornerstones in contributing to the overall, greater feeling of well-being.
Empowering Employees to Thrive
Building subjective well-being perceived self-efficacy, autonomy, competence, and the achievement of one’s intellectual and emotional potential through Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) and targeted modules.
Modules include ‘The Self’, ‘Stress Management’, ‘Emotional Intelligence’, ‘Building Resilience’, ‘Building a Healthy Work-Life Balance’ and others.
Workplace culture & Group Dynamics
Towards building safe and emotionally sound work environments.
Modules include ‘Exploring group dynamics towards creating shared meaning, dialogue and communication including navigating difficult and honest conversations through active listening and & creating a safe space to build trusting professional interpersonal relationships and others
Leadership & Middle-Management Well Being
Organizational leaders can be powerful models of self-care and well-being behaviours for their staff, thereby creating healthier and more effective organizations.
Modules include ‘Leadership styles’, ‘Harnessing the power of Emotional Intelligence and Compassion’, ‘Ethical Leadership’ and others.
Mental Health & Careers
As much as we would like to neatly organize our lives into personal and professional, the reality is these worlds influence each other – often very heavily. The ambition of this series is to bring to life the complexity of life experiences; mental health experiences and it’s interaction with career trajectories.
Hopefully, when heard together and thought through together, it will give us a sense of the points of pause that we have to take when we think through designing mental health programmes.
Driving Organizational Well-being
Every organization has it’s own culture and unique needs. Therefore, it is important that a workplace well-being plan be targeted and tailored to these needs and identified gaps. Here’s the process we follow
Co-development of Program
We partnered with The Blue-Ribbon Movement to facilitate a series of workshops towards building an unranked, shared understanding of mental health support through a dialogic and reflective approach.
Through the programme, we aimed to achieve certain outcomes highlighted below:
- A collaborative understanding and language of mental health support at a workplace, informed by the employees’ experiences and beliefs.
- An enhanced understanding of trauma and its interaction with one’s professional life.
- An enhanced understanding of the interaction of one’s personal and professional lives.
- Improved ability and understanding of supporting each other with mental health challenges at the workplace.