What does work mean to you?
No matter what you do for work, if you’re like most people, you hope and do your best to make a difference with your work and your co-workers. You want to contribute to something bigger than yourself, and you want to help people, either through the products or the services you deliver. And you want to feel that your work is meaningful and important.
In order to be our best, productive selves, we need to feel safe, psychologically. So, a question that we pose here is “How effective in your workplace in helping you to achieve all these things?”
How would you describe the quality of positive mental health in your workplace? Does your workplace make you feel safe? Accept you? Support you? Does it make you feel like you are walking on eggshells? Reject and criticize you? Make you feel like you are not good enough? Do you feel at ease or are you waiting for someone to catch you make your next mistake? Our workplace culture has a great influence on whether we flourish, or we fail. Our workplace culture impacts our mental health.
We spend at least half our waking hours per day at work. Some of us even more! It’s a huge part of our lives. Don’t we owe it to ourselves, our co-workers, our clients, our customers, and to our family and friends to be actively involved in ensuring the highest quality of positive mental health at our workplace? Don’t we owe it to ourselves to not dread Monday morning on Sunday night? And work happily ever after?
Click on this link and have fun completing this assessment from the Canadian Mental Health Association. “Mental Health Meter.” I did! The assessment addresses Five Characteristics that define good mental health. Check it out. I’m confident that you will walk away with more than one insight about yourself and your workplace on the all- important topic of mental health. https://cmha.ca/mental-health-meter
About The Writer
Robert Manolson, BA CCDP (Certified Career Development Professional), Leading Fun At Work & Team Engagement Expert, & Mental Health Champion is the Creator & Facilitator of Powerful Play Experiences, Positive Workplace Mental Health… For Teams.
As Robert shares his energy and passions, he continues to challenge leaders in today’s ever busy, always stressful world of work to acknowledge fun at work and team engagement as an invaluable positive workplace mental health strategy. Robert believes that it’s really all about taking that risk to start authentic, honest conversations about mental health both in work and in life.