Have you ever noticed when you start your day in a good mood, the whole day seems to go right for you? Traffic moves quickly, people smile and open doors, you have a great conversation with a colleague over lunch, you find a solution to a problem that’s been niggling at you and your productivity is high.
There is a growing body of evidence that suggests a mentally healthy workplace delivers greater benefits than just the reduction of absenteeism and presenteeism due to mental health issues. A recent study by Instinct and Reason found that a mentally healthy workplace contributes to greater job satisfaction and productivity gains as well as being the second most important factor in an employee’s decision to accept a role with an organisation.
If you notice that something is not quite right with someone at work – they might seem down, withdrawn, more stressed than usual, distracted, or unmotivated – chances are they might need a bit of extra support from the people around them. With R U OK? day coming up on 14 September, here are some tips to help you act on these signs and start a conversation.