Take a break with a colleague.
Start a conversation in the workplace around mental health.
We spend a third of our waking adult lives in the workplace. We have to cope with a lot at work. Often it is tough. It’s important to remember organisations are made up of people. People with strengths, limitations, and emotions.
Taking some time out to connect with a colleague, for coffee or lunch, can make a massive difference to their workplace experience.
Perhaps a colleague is behaving a little different. Or maybe not – some people hide their struggles well, but they need support all the same. Just check in with them, have a quick one-to-one connection.
- Take some time out with a colleague – a quick chat, a coffee, or a walk outside.
- Even a quick email or message to check in with them, let them know you’re there when they need to chat.
- Ask how they are, and be open, be present, and listen.
- Remember, you’re not a health care professional. You’re not responsible for your colleague’s health, but you can encourage them to seek professional help if they need it.