Our mental wellbeing is as important as our physical wellbeing; it can affect our overall happiness at work and at home and employers should take steps to support their staff with both. To coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week, we wanted to share some of the steps we take at Creative Access to support the wellbeing of our team.
Wellness action plan
Here at Creative Access, we encourage our staff to fill in a wellness action plan when they join. This is an opportunity to share any mental or physical health issues they may have or share more generally what negatively and positively impacts their mental health. The plan is discussed with their manager and the employee can share and discuss strategies that help their mental health. The plan is reviewed and updated regularly.
Wellbeing activities at monthly meetings
Once a month, we invite our team to lead a wellbeing activity of their choice at the end of our company meetings. Previous activities have included sharing positive affirmations, mindfulness, a mini book club and sharing our favourite poems. These sessions are fun and relaxed, they help with team bonding and raise morale throughout the team.
Wellness working group
Our wellness working group is an open forum for our staff to share their ideas on how to improve our working environment. We discuss topics such as resilience, team morale and creating new policies, for example, organising team bonding activities.
Mental health training
We hold regular training sessions for our team on mental health and other key topics, so that everyone feels confident in talking about and handling sensitive topics and issues in the workplace. These are the same sessions we offer as open workshops and bespoke training for our employer partners. If you would like to find out more about the sessions we offer or join an open workshop please click here.
We regularly share external resources with our staff to support their mental health and wellbeing. These include links to websites like Mind and Rethink as well as information about helplines. This is so our staff can get the specialised help and information they need that we may not be able to provide.
We recognise that when it comes to supporting mental wellbeing, there is always more that can be done. That is why we cultivate an open company culture that allows our staff to suggest ways to improve our practices.
Click here to contact us if you would like to find out more about how you could introduce a similar open and supportive environment in the workplace.