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In: Workplace Mental Health

Kellie Lewis, Psychologist & Co-Founder

Hi again, welcome to our short video bytes on hot topics of mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

One of the most common queries that we get is how organisations can help their staff deal with the constant and rapid pace of change, high job demands, competing priorities, conflict, job loss, or some personal or professional change or life challenge.

In short, we are asked – “Can I influence resilience in my staff?”

The answer is yes! Resilience is a skill. Whilst the research tells us that some individuals are innately more resilient than others, it is not some either or trait that only a lucky few are genetically endowed with.

So how can you do this? In addition to providing staff with practical and evidence-based resilience training, managers can influence resilience in staff by:

1. Role modelling helpful and constructive responses to change, challenge and adversity – being resilient yourself will encourage resilience in others!;
2. Sharing the tools and techniques you use for managing stress with your team;
3. Helping your team in practical ways to manage their workloads such as identifying what is important and what is not, helping them prioritise, and setting realistic time frames;
4. Regularly and inspirationally articulate the meaning and purpose of work – staff who feel connected to the “greater cause” tend to take setbacks in their stride more; and
5. Providing regular and encouraging feedback – staff who receive feedback report feeling less stressed and more engaged than those who do not!
To learn more about how we can help you build the resilience of your staff visit us at thementalhealthproject.com.au.

If you or someone you know needs help contact your organisation´s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), your GP or call:

LifeLine on 13 11 14

Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800

MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978

Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467

Disclaimer: The information in this video is for general information only. It is not intended to be and should not be relied on as a substitute for specific medical or health advice. While every effort is taken to ensure the information is accurate, The Mental Health Project makes no representations and gives no warranties that this information is correct, current, complete, reliable or suitable for any purpose. We disclaim all responsibility and liability for any direct or indirect loss, damage, cost or expense whatsoever in the use of or reliance upon this information.

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