“Do not bring your personal life to work”? Not anymore

It’s a general day at work and you’re working towards putting the ticks on your to-do list. However, you find your team member/colleague not in their best element and that it’s affecting their work. You then observe that this has been happening for a few days. How would you approach this scenario?

We assume that maybe they are not getting the acknowledgement of the efforts they are putting in their work? Maybe they are overloaded and feel burdened? Maybe they are not in the mood?

The real deal is to convert this Maybe into giving an assurance to them of being heard.

We often have heard and used this phrase at work “Do not bring your personal life to work”, haven’t we? Imagine the shift in the scenario when a disturbed employee is responded to with a simple “How are you feeling?”, “Do you want to talk?”. Organizations in India are taking the health and wellness of their workforce very seriously and have realized that wellness of the workforce goes beyond financial benefits, rewards, employee appreciation and physical wellbeing. One of the key factors to consider when measuring employee productivity is their mental health and emotional quotient.

Mental health, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), is “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community”. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing, and affects how we think, feel, and act. It should not be interchanged with mental illness and does not denote a sign of weakness.

When it comes to work, somewhere knowingly or unknowingly, our mental state at home/in our personal lives does reflect on our work and behavior at our workplace. We may have observed this for our fellow colleagues, team members and our employers and may have termed it to be a “mood” but it can be beyond that. As per NCBI, data from different countries around the world indicate that mental health problems are a cause for a number of employees dropping out of work. Even in much developed economies like the Netherlands, around 58% of the work-related disabilities are related to mental health. In the UK, it is estimated that around 30–40% of sickness absence is attributable to some form of mental illness (15.4 million workdays annually). Mental health problems have an impact on employers and businesses directly through increased absenteeism, negative impact on productivity and profits, as well as an increase in the costs while dealing with such issues. The estimated cost to the global economy due to depression and anxiety is US$ 1 trillion per year.

Our in-house coach, Ms. Medha Mishra, a psychological counselor, and a research scholar in studying the traditional as well as modern aspects of OB and OC, believes that an organization is truly a safe place where the workforce is able to express themselves without the fear of being judged or stereotyped by colleagues.

It’s time India creates a new benchmark by making all the workplaces the safest and making the employees feel belonged to the companies.  So how do we go about it and bring about a transformation?

  1. Employee Wellness and Emotional Program.

Through an organized and systematic structure in place at work, every employee has the opportunity to seek professional help where they can express their hindrances either at home or in their personal lives or at work.

At The Response Company, we have developed their Employee Wellness Program in such a way that along with EQ sessions, we customize the program according to the needs of the client. This could include services like group sessions, physical wellness programs.

  1. Showing Empathy and Acknowledgement

One way to make an employee feel valued and belonged is by ensuring they feel heard, understood, and related to. Acknowledging and recognizing them for their contribution despite the turbulence they are facing, gives them a sense of confidence and satisfaction of their capabilities.

  1. Encouraging mindfulness, flexible working hours and planned vacations.

Mindfulness, flexible working hours and planned vacations gives the employee/s an opportunity to pause and reflect on themselves as an individual and to create a work-life balance by dedicating quality time to every aspect. Vacations can actually rejuvenate a person. Tying up with wellness resorts and spas and providing your employees subsidized rates or gift vouchers once in a while can help with healing their emotional scars.

Most of the employees are not happy with their jobs which is leading them to change their jobs multiple times in order to find a place where they feel happy and productive. Taking care of your employees’ emotional wellbeing and making sure they feel happy and contained at work can improve employee retention levels for your company. Not only does it take care of the employee retention, it also attracts good talents and zestful candidates who are willing to go the extra mile towards the growth of your company.

As you know, your focus is on your vision and our vision is on your focus.

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