It’s often said that the best way to help ourselves is to help other people. Studies show that volunteering improves mental health, so maybe now’s the time for your team to choose a charity or a community project to support? Find out if your local hospital, care home, or foodbank is on the lookout for some extra help, which you could provide remotely. Getting your team involved in volunteering can refocus everyone’s thinking on other people, which is the best way to stop thinking about ourselves too much. You will soon see that kindness – the theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day – and compassion are incredibly energising for all.
Know your team and yourself
Each great team has its own unique make-up, with a diverse mix of personalities, and bolstering colleague connection, especially if you’re in a leadership position, can really help with performance. Do the introverts need more encouragement to come out of their shells? Would a one-to-one catch-up session help you find out how they’re really coping? Have you considered if the extroverts may need more team interaction than others? People may be vulnerable for different reasons. Take some time to check in with yourself, too. How mindful are you of your own behaviour, and how is that behaviour impacting others?
Look for the good in other people
A crisis can bring out the worst and best in human nature. Recognise that the best in human nature is rising to the challenge. Frontline health workers have recently been working overtime and putting themselves at risk to help sick patients. Neighbourhoods are putting together care packages for those in need. People are posting positive messages on social media. Friends from across the globe are reaching out to one another. When we tune into these positive and pro-social aspects of the current crisis, we can unite in hope and, in turn, lift our individual spirits.
Some organisations have reported huge improvements in engagement and productivity when employees have seen the meaning of their work in action through helping others in a time of crisis. At this moment, for all of us, purpose is king. It allows us to strip away all the non-essential ‘stuff’ that may have accumulated over time… How does the work you do make others’ lives better? When you find out the answer and strive to do even more, no amount of disconnection could ever break us apart.
Distance doesn’t have to equal disconnection. Your employees might be apart, but you can bring them together through their wellbeing, creating connection and camaraderie. Experience how thousands of employees and customers are already reaping the benefits. Try our Wellbeing Platform today!