We spend over 50% of our waking hours in work and this can have a detrimental impact our mental health, it has been claimed.
With Mental Health Week 2018 running from Monday to Saturday, Mental Health Ireland are trying to raise the awareness of wellbeing in the workplace.
Martin Rogan, CEO of Mental Health Ireland said: “Our work has escaped the workplaces and often follows us home and on holidays via mobile phones and laptops.
“Employers are becoming more aware of the increase in stress and burnout within their workplaces resulting in more and more organisations develop wellbeing policies and programmes with employees to encourage open conversation about mental health in the workplace.
“Workplaces can use the Five Ways to Wellbeing as a starting point for developing a workplace wellbeing plan. These five steps have been researched and developed by the New Economics Foundation and have been proven to enhance wellbeing if practiced daily.
“It is important that employees are involved in the planning and development of these events to encourage uptake from management and peers. Here are a few ideas every organisation can roll out during Mental Health Week and beyond.”
The mental health groups has offered some of these tips:
- Have a coffee break/ pizza evening in your office in the canteen/ common area
- Have a ‘no phones in the lift’ policy to encourage people to chat with each other
- Create a connect board where staff can leave positive anonymous messages for others
- Arrange a lunchtime mile – mapping out the route for staff to walk, jog or run
- Develop a staff league table for steps taken each day/week
- Invite a yoga teacher in to the company to teach the staff some easy yoga moves
- Organise an event where staff share three interesting things about themselves
- Invite staff members to deliver a presentation on a hobby or interest they have
- Create a library section in the office with books and magazines on activities/ hobbies
- Encourage all staff members to get a small plant for their desk
- Provide a list of mindfulness/ meditation apps for staff to download – Headspace, 1GiantMind, SimpleHabit, Gratitude365 or Insight Timer
- Encourage staff to pay attention to how they are feeling throughout the day and to notice when they may be stressed or anxious.