We now recognise that measuring resilience is as important (if not more) as measuring engagement.”– Treesan Boonma, Regional HR Manager
New WHO guidelines on workplace mental health
An exciting and important step forward in workplace mental health with the World Health Organisation’s new guidelines. These guidelines promote an integrated and systemic approach to mental health at work with 3 levels of intervention; Prevent, protect and promote, and support. Its great to see the strong focus on the need to take a systemic approach through taking action at both the employee and employer level, with psychosocial risk management as a key strategy for organisations – something that has been a core part of the psychological research into workplace stress for decades now.
What does this mean for organisations?
If you’re looking to implement a workplace mental health initiative, the guidelines suggest;
- Investing in a programme that provides data insight into the root causes of stress and poor mental health so that these can be addressed or mitigated. Its much better (and more cost effective) to protect people from psychological harm in the first place than dealing with the consequences and providing reactive support
- Involve employees in action planning and implementation around how to create healthier workplaces e.g. get them involved in designing team protocols, role design, goal setting
- Provide individuals with the awareness and skills to manage stress and promote positive mental health using a psychological, behavioural or social approach. For example, a credible tool to help them recognise the need to take action, unhealthy habits or thinking styles and help them pinpoint practical steps for improvement.
- Interventions can include activities directed at teams, recognising the diverse nature of challenges faced and need for a localised approach
- Managers should be trained in how to support their employees’ mental health, developing the knowledge, attitudes and behaviours to do so effectively
You can download the joint WHO/ILO policy brief here.
The full guidelines are available here.
Get in touch for a chat to understand how to implement a practical and impactful programme in your organisation.
Launch of AURA 2.1
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COVID-19 WORKPLACE STRESS ON THE RISE – WHAT CAN LEADERS DO?
I was honoured to be featured by Profile Asia as a guest blogger, sharing my insights on this topic and drawing on their recent survey data which revealed 45% employees feel leaders’ response has amplified their stress levels.
In the blog post, I consider the business case for tackling stress and share some practical actions that companies can take.
Collaboration with PWC – Listen to our webinar on taking action on stress and building resilience
Austen Advisory were delighted to partner with PWC’s Sean Maywood on a webinar for The Whitehall & Industry Group. Listen to the recording of our interactive webinar where we explored:
- A shared understanding of what we all mean by resilience and why it is so important
- Drawing on a case study at PwC, the types of resilience initiatives other organisations are putting in place and how you can implement them in your own organisation
- How companies can use scientific measurement tools to take focused action on the degree of stress and build resilience
Road to Resilience – taster workshop
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We’re here to help through COVID-19…
Is your organisation equipped to adapt positively to the COVID-19 outbreak?
At Austen Advisory, we draw on years of experience of helping organisations across the world build resilience. In response to the global pandemic, we aspire to help businesses and their people transition from a surviving to a thriving state as quickly as possible. To that end, here are 4 of our solutions that are aimed at evaluating, building, growing and developing employees.
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