What would happen to your organization if 20% of your employees either did not show up for work or were not feeling at their best while at work?
1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental health problem or illness in any given year, every year. Consider for a moment your own workplace. If 1 in 5 employees is suffering from a mental illness, what is that costing your company in lost productivity and short-term absences?
We all have a bad day every so often; the kind of day where nothing goes right or you just don't "feel" productive. There's nothing wrong with having a bad day. But when every day starts to be a bad day, that's not such a good thing. And, it's not good for business.
What do you mean when you say it is not good for business? What are the ‘real’ costs?
The statistics below show us clearly the impact of stress and mental illness on the corporate bottom line. Left unaddressed, these types of statistics will continue to grow.
Because lifestyle factors are modifiable and resilience skills can be developed, the burden of workplace costs related to stress or mental health problems can be slowed or even lowered.
Why is it important for leaders to embrace their own mental health?
Leadership is about being accountable to yourself and to others. Consider the last time you flew on an airline. In the unlikely event of cabin decompression, all passengers are instructed to don their own oxygen mask before aiding the person sitting beside them, even if that person is a child. In other words, you are no good to anyone else if you are unconscious.
The same holds true for the mental health of a leader regardless of your role in the organization.
By taking care of yourself, you can take care of others. By taking care of yourself, you can influence others to do the same. By taking care of yourself, you can better lead others and make wiser decisions for the business.
What can you do to take charge of how well you cope with the demands of work and life?
Can a one day seminar or conference really make a difference?
Embrace the power of one idea! Sometimes we sabotage our own progress by making things more complicated than they need to be. The late Steve Jobs embraced the simple idea of a walk as a means to clear his head and approach challenges from a different perspective. Imagine how many ideas you can be exposed to by placing yourself (and your team) in an environment where the collective purpose is to discover ways of becoming better leaders!