LFL17 Mental Health in the Workplace

This week I’m joined by Jodie Hill.  Jodie set up Thrive Law in 2018 in order to ensure everyone can Thrive in the workplace. She is an advocate for mental health and has the #One Mind campaign to ensure mental health risk assessments are mandatory in all workplaces.   We talk about:

Two key areas that are affecting Mental Health during Covid-19 times.

 

We also talk about communication and how people can feel they are only being checked up on.  Jodie explains how she gets the balance of communication within her team.

 

She also talks about how she forgot to put her own mental health strategies in place in the early days and ended up a bit of a mess.  Now she has a really clear routine and boundaries in place.

Emma talks about the things we need to keep simple.

Jodie talks about how it is so important that we don’t compare ourselves to others as we don’t know what is going on for them.

 

The other problem is social media and will look at it and think “I’m not good enough”.  We have to be real. 

I talk about how I was only watching the news once a day.

Jodie mentions how consistency is key.  There is a lot of information, we need to consider how does it apply to me and who do I trust?  And shares the feedback she’s had about her daily emails and why they are working and why they’re helpful for mental health.

 

Jodie and Emma talk about the anxiety of going out, being in shops or the workplace or other aspects of lockdown that bring up emotions and worries.

 

They discuss what is needed from leaders to build trust and demonstrate resilience and calm demeanour so that calmness is contagious which helps our mental health and wellbeing.  Jodie can empathise with people because she is trusted and she is open about her mental health.  You can only do that with trusted leadership.

 

By story-telling and being vulnerable her team tell Jodie that they trust her. 

 

Leading through a crisis is so important and we need to remember the HR people and managers who need support there too because they are taking the burden themselves, so we need to make sure that they are supported.  They might not need a lot of support, but the communication being in place is really helpful.

 

Jodie talks about all the things you can do right now even if people are furloughed and how to be inclusive at this time to impact on mental health.  There are challenges that need thinking about.

 

 and finally, that we need to be able to see the positives in this time.

 

Below are all the ways you can connect withe Jodie

If you want to get in touch with Emma then contact her HERE

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