With The Future Laboratory’s Diversity & Inclusion strategy in full swing, it’s becoming clearer that we cannot strive for inclusion and equity without healing and wellbeing.
But the road to healing is challenging, non-linear and continually evolving. It’s unique for all of us and contextual to our needs. While Radical Softness and vulnerability create the tools that we need as a business to create a culture of balance, support, empathy and growth, we know that this is only one part of the puzzle to create an equitable culture.
As part of The Future Laboratory’s D&I initiatives, we now have our very own Mental Health Network. But what does that actually mean?
If you’d asked us what mental health in the workplace was a few years ago, we’d have said something along the lines of a few pretty ‘It’s Ok Not To Be Ok’ posters scattered around the workplace, but not many conversations going on about how productivity at work and mental health are significantly connected. In 2020, our bedrooms became boardrooms and suddenly the boundaries between work and personal life were blurred.
The pandemic has brought to light the need for a constant focus on mental health and wellbeing, both at home and at work.
The Mental Health Network is starting that conversation, creating a safe space where we can unwind, share, listen, learn and connect with each other on a genuine human level, away from our job titles. Our goal is to create a team of support, monthly wellbeing sessions and a wellbeing resource database. Tackling mental health in the workplace and how to heal is a collective effort, and we’d like to share some resources that the network has been using and talking about over the past month.
Everyone has mental health, so we might as well start talking about it.
Here are some of the resources, we'd recommend:
Poonam Dhuffer, founder of YSM8 (pronounced Yes Mate) is doing brilliant things for the South Asian community, and for womxn and non-binary folx in particular, when it comes to compassionate mindfulness, loving kindness and safe spaces for people to explore self-care – especially in the South Asian community, a culture that’s predominantly focused on community care ahead of looking after the self.
Through YSM8, Poonam runs Monthly Meets for Sikh women and non-binary folx, and Snacks + Chats sessions, bringing together diverse creatives to share how they are positively shaping their communities. She has also developed a series of brilliant workplace workshops where she explores inclusive healing in professional spaces that are open to all to listen, share and explore together.
Here’s a great podcast by the Salesman which discusses sales burnout and examines what the term ‘burnout’ means, which can also be experienced by everyone in the workplace. Understanding and recognising the triggers of burnout will in turn help improve mental health, wellbeing and healing.
Elizabeth Uviebinene recently wrote a piece for the Financial Times that encapsulates what it means to be a young person at work. For many new professionals, including myself, working remotely is all we know. Entering the world of work fresh from university is an incredibly confusing time and Uviebinene touches on how more difficult that has been during a global pandemic.
This article is part of our Diversity & Inclusion work at The Future Laboratory. Explore our work on D&I on our blog and discover what steps we are taking to make a better tomorrow happen.
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