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Promoting Positive Behaviour in the Workplace

6th Oct 2020

With World Mental Health Day approaching on 10th October, it seems appropriate to look at the impact our workplace can have on our mental health. Such a large percentage of our week is spent at work, but now in 2020 with the switch to remote working, we have lost a degree of the personal contact that staff used to engage in naturally in ‘water cooler’ moments. So how do we ensure we continue to maintain that personal contact and support their mental well-being through remote working?

  1. Ensure that once a week you check in with members of your team with a phone call. Zoom meetings are now heavily associated with work content and so a phone call can set this apart as more of an ‘informal’ chat. Ask about how they are doing, how their families are doing, are they managing to find time for themselves and for some self-care. A little bit of interest in their personal circumstances can go a long way.
  2. Invest in your staff. Show them you care about their mental well-being. Consider, for example, an online mentoring course to provide some personal development. Giving them an hour or so to take part in training such as this can help them to feel valued and seek further support in a mentoring capacity. In turn they may equally reach out to another to be a mentor. Both help to engender positivity in the workplace and open up the channels of communication between employees in a less formal context.
  3. Introduce an hour of ‘self-care’ to the working day. A walk, yoga, meditation, journaling, even a daily ‘coffee spot’ for the more extroverted of staff to check into. But in the absence of a commute, a canteen, a coffee shop, those moments of downtime can be missed.
  4. Change the default time of a standard meeting to 45 minutes instead of an hour or 20 minutes instead of 30 minutes. This provides staff the opportunity to stretch their legs, grab a coffee and take time to reflect and recharge between meetings.
  5. Introduce a weekly questionnaire to allow staff to anonymously provide feedback as to how things are going. It allows you to gain a quick and easy snapshot as to the general mood of your team or your organisation.
  6. Be flexible. Allow them to embrace the positives of the WFH (work from home) culture by encouraging, where possible, a flexible approach to the working day. If staff are working from home and want to use the daylight hours to get outdoors for exercise or to do the school run then consider letting them work in the evenings or early mornings instead. People work best when they feel valued.
  7. Allow your staff time to be ‘off grid’. Do not expect an immediate response to all texts and emails. In this age of online working it is becoming all too easy to form expectations that someone is always available to us. Everyone needs time to recharge.
  8. Consider ‘Virtual drinks’ or a Friday quiz. For extroverted characters or for those who live alone, the WFH culture can be a challenging one. Creating a ‘social’ network for them helps them to feel less isolated.
  9. Consider introducing Ted talks. Senior leaders could talk about their career to date and learning they have discovered along the way. Use the opportunity to allow different business groups to present to each other on what they do. Companies who have trialed this so far have received strong attendance levels.
  10. Offer our online training package on ‘Positive behaviour in the workplace’ to promote how important their behaviour towards each other can be. Kindness, compassion and integrity lie at the heart of a good workplace. By utilising this training package for your staff you can help ensure your teams maintain and promote this ethos across your organisation.


Lucy Howard

BulliesOut Digital Communications Officer

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