The benefits of mindfulness workshops for leaders and employees

Mindfulness has huge benefits for your employees and leaders both in their professional and their personal lives. 

Fortunately, there are many ways to learn mindfulness, and one of those ways is through a workshop. 

But how do you know if a mindfulness workshop is right for your organization? 

In this blog post, I’m going to go through the benefits of mindfulness workshops, and how they can create kinder, more creative, more communicative teams. 

Firstly, what is mindfulness? 

When stressful or unexpected events take place—which they often do at work—our brains can leap into worrying about the future. We might feel it in our bodies, with that sinking feeling in our stomach or that anger that rises through us. 

Mindfulness helps you ground yourself in these situations. It’s about being present in the moment, and being aware of your thoughts, emotions and body. 

You can then use certain mindfulness practices to calm your body,...

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How to support an employee who has depression

Knowing how to support a colleague or employee struggling with depression can be difficult. The first step is recognizing that you need to help, which you’re already doing just by being here. 

Knowing where to start when supporting someone with depression is difficult. You want to help but don’t want to say or do the wrong thing, which could worsen the situation.

This is why I’ve created this article, to help you understand exactly how you can support someone with depression. 

Firstly, what is depression? 

Depression is characterized as having ongoing low mood, changes in appetite, loss of energy, changes in sleep, loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyed, difficulty in concentrating or decision making, feelings of hopelessness etc., for at least two weeks. There are different types of depression as well as differences in its severity.

Some people, unfortunately, believe that depression is not a ‘real thing’ or can be...

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Ideas for corporate health and well-being events

If you want to improve the well-being of your teams, corporate health and well-being events are the ideal way to put wellness principles into practice. They help provide structure to your well-being programs and give your staff a glimpse of improved emotional resilience, a more balanced working life, and greater productivity. 

In this guide we’ll take a look at effective corporate well-being events you can put into place in your office, or virtually.

What is a corporate well-being event?

There was a time when any non-business related events at work probably meant Friday drinks or team-building exercises at the local paintball arena. But now businesses better understand there are many reasons to hold regular well-being events, that doesn't just help teams get on a bit better, but actually help your teams and leaders stay emotionally well and physically healthy.

Putting well-being principles into practice

Many companies these days are engaging staff in open conversations...

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Mental health awareness training for employers/leaders and C-suite executives: Everything you need to know

In recent years I’ve been so excited to see a growing awareness of the importance of mental health and wellness in the workplace; not just amongst employees facing the daily challenges of rapidly evolving global work environments, but amongst business leaders and C-suite executives as well.

In this post, we’ll take a look at the growth of mental wellness training, which is increasingly common amongst small businesses and large corporations alike. We’ll take a look at what these wellness programs look like and explore how they can help your leaders and employees gain more clarity, make more effective decisions, and boost the productivity of high-performing teams.

The rise of corporate mental wellness programs

In the past, some businesses have - rightly or wrongly - been seen by many as caring only about their bottom line, and not focusing enough on the well-being of employees. Well, all that’s changing – in fact, large corporations like Google,...

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Emotional well-being: What is it and how can it make your employees happier and more productive?

When I work with my clients, I’m often asked about how to improve employee emotional well-being.

This is one of my favorite questions because improving employees' emotional well-being has so many benefits to both the individual employee and the organization as a whole.

But first, what is emotional well-being?

Emotional well-being is our ability to regulate our emotions as we cope with the stresses and strains of everyday life and work.

When we have a positive state of emotional well-being we are able to handle difficult situations with an optimistic, proactive, problem-solving outlook.

If our emotional well-being is suffering, we struggle to cope with unexpected events, avoid tackling urgent problems and fail to make effective decisions.

Why is emotional well-being at work important?

A 2021 report by global analysis firm Gallup found that only 34% of Americans rated their emotional well-being as “excellent” – a record low.

Gallup also tracks a metric they...

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How to recognize the signs of employee burnout (and what to do about it)

You likely know of employees, colleagues, or even friends who have experienced burnout at work. Maybe you’ve experienced it in the past too?

It’s a phenomenon that can affect everyone at any stage in their work lives, from ambitious strivers to conscientious leaders and even fresh-faced recruits.

Burnout is not a sign of weakness, nor does it necessarily reflect badly on employers. However, if you care about the well-being of your employees and want to foster a happy and productive workforce, it’s important to be able to recognize signs of burnout in your staff. And take action to nip it in the bud.

In this article, I’ll teach you how to recognize the signs of employee burnout, and give you some powerful ideas for tackling this growing problem.

What is workplace burnout?

Since the pandemic, some workplaces have experienced “The Great Resignation”. Unhappy employees worldwide are quitting their jobs in droves. And one of the biggest drivers of this...

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How to protect your mental health at work with mindfulness

If you’re struggling with stress or anxiety at work, it’s important to know that you are not alone. Stress and anxiety have increased since the global pandemic, with 55% of people stating that Covid-19 has had a negative impact on their mental health. 

If you’re here, reading this, you’ve made that all-important first step to protecting and improving your mental health in the workplace. 

In this blog post, I will discuss how you can improve your mental health at work by using mindfulness. 

Of course, there are a lot of issues at work that are often out of your control–how your colleagues or managers treat you or how your customers or clients speak to you.

This blog post will focus on the things that are in your control, and the things you can change that will positively impact your mental health. While we can’t control everything, we can control our thoughts, attitudes, and how we respond. And doing this can make a huge impact.

So...

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How to support employees with their mental health

I am so pleased you’re here because learning more about supporting your staff with their mental health is hugely beneficial for both your employees and also for your business growth.

There has been a positive shift in how organizations and leaders approach mental health with their staff. I can’t say that mental health stigma no longer exists, but there’s certainly more openness and conversation about it.   

However, we still have a long way to go. Half of Millennials and 75% of Gen Zers have left their roles for mental health reasons and during the pandemic, almost 4 in 10 adults reported symptoms of depression or anxiety

The importance of mental health in the workplace

If you make mental health and well-being a priority in your business, you should see: 

  • Happier, healthier, and more productive staff
  • Less absenteeism 
  • A decrease in staff turnover. 

In this blog post, I’m going to tell you exactly how to support your...

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