According to Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace: 2022 Report, disengaged team members are costing organisations across the world $7.8 trillion in lost productivity. The speed and frequency of change continues to take a toll on organisations across the globe. As a result of this uncertainty, leaders are being called to create new work environments that are more resilient, agile, and adaptable.
But how do you lead in a world where the only constant is uncertainty and change? You can’t keep doing what you’ve always done. You need to lead differently.
In today's fast-paced and demanding work environments, mental health and wellness have become more critical than ever. It's essential to support employees' mental well-being, not only to improve their quality of life but also to boost their productivity and engagement. The U.S. Surgeon General's groundbreaking framework aims to help employers integrate work and non-work demands to support employee mental health and wellness.
The framework outlines Five Essentials for Workplace Mental Health & Well-Being: creating a positive culture, providing psychological and social support, ensuring access to high-quality mental health care, promoting healthy lifestyles and preventing substance abuse, and giving employees a sense of control and work-life balance. Each of these essentials are crucial for building workplaces that are engines of well-being; where employees feel valued, supported, and empowered to flourish.
As a self-confessed design nerd, I love this beautiful and engaging visual representation of the Five Essentials.
One of the highlights of the framework is the Workplace Mental Health and Well-Being Reflection Questions Deck, a set of questions designed to help leaders reflect on their workplaces and start designing policies and cultures around the Five Essentials. This deck is an excellent tool for any organisation that wants to improve its culture and support its employees' mental well-being.
At a time when mental health and wellness are more critical than ever, the framework provides a much-needed roadmap for employers to support their employees. By adopting this framework, employers can build workplaces that are engines of well-being, where employees feel valued, supported, and empowered to thrive.
If you're looking to support your teams' mental well-being and improve your workplace culture, the framework is an excellent place to start. But research shows an authentic shift in behaviour needs experience created through deep insight. It’s what’s needed to educate and prepare today’s leaders to lead through the uncertain future of tomorrow.
Our program participants are finding what it feels like to lead differently, communicate clearly, show up wholly. So if you need help implementing the framework or supporting your teams in other ways, don't hesitate to contact us for a free consultation.
Together, we can build workplaces that prioritise mental health and well-being, creating a better future for everyone.