The US Surgeon General has summarized recent data on the state of workplace mental health and wellbeing.The study reveals 76% of those surveyed reported at least one symptom of mental health conditions. In addition, 81% of US Workers said their work place contributed to at least one of their mental health conditions. And, 81% of respondents said they would look for workplaces that supported mental health in the future.How do you define or describe your well being at work?
Which of these would be part of your definition? Protection from Harm, Opportunity for Growth, Mattering at Work, Work Life Harmony and/or Connection and Community.
The Surgeon General writes “The pandemic has presented us with an opportunity to rethink how we work. We have the power to make workplaces engines for mental health and well-being.” In what ways are you, your workplace and community working to be engines of mental health and well being?
Rethinking how we work “will require organizations to rethink how they protect workers from harm, foster a sense of connection among workers, show them that they matter, make space for their lives outside work, and support their long-term professional growth. ” This is a bold ambitious vision. What area is most critical for your well being right now?
Leading large scale change is ambitious, messy and requires new ways of thinking. As the report concludes, “this may not be easy. But it will be worth it, because the benefits will accrue to both workers and organizations. A healthy workforce is the foundation for thriving organizations and a healthy community.” As Changemakers we have an opportunity to think at large and smale scale.
Alex Budak reframes changemaking in an exciting, energizing way. His new book Becoming a Changemaker: An Actionable, Inclusive Guide to Leading Positive Change at Any Level gives us all a roadmap for leading this type of large scale transformation. Each chapter gives us ideas on mindset, reframing and curiosity. He invites us into leading positive change at even the smallest scale.
What would be different in the world if we all read Alex’s book and the Surgeon General’s Report? Could we drive small incremental change? Imagine if we just took one idea from each of these new publications and got excited about implementing that idea. Together we each take a small step, we can drive the change employees, communities, and families are longing for.