WORKPLACE WELLNESS | How to check in with workmates

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One third of our adult life is spent at work and therefore we can spend more time with our workmates and clients than we do with our own families and friends. It’s important that we feel mentally healthy, safe and valued at work, so we can perform at our best and flourish in other aspects of life.

Mental illness is now the leading cause of sickness related absence and long-term work incapacity in Australia.

In mentally healthy workplaces:

  • People watch out for each other and can ask someone if they’re ok
  • Managers and teams understand mental health and openly talk about it
  • People know about things they can do to build resilience for challenging times at work and at home
  • Staff with mental health concerns seek help early
  • Staff with mental health issues are supported in their recovery

Getting ready to ask

Image Source: R U OK Foundation

Starting a conversation

Image Source: R U OK Foundation

How to manage your emotions when attempting to have a conversation…

  • Be prepared
  • Recognise that their reaction may be in response to a range of circumstances – both personal and work-related – many of which you might not know about
  • Allow the person to express their emotions fully (i.e. let off steam) and show them that you’re interested by actively listening to all they say
  • Deal with the emotions first. You can then discuss the issues more rationally once emotions have been addressed
  • Being a good listener is one of the best things you can do for someone when they are distressed
  • Manage your own emotions by staying calm and not taking things personally
  • Validate the person’s response but keep the focus on the issue at hand

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