As a manager, having teams working remotely can be tricky, particularly when it comes to being in tune with the mental health of your people. Those impromptu ‘how are you?’ or ‘how are things?’ moments at the water cooler, or after a meeting were a golden opportunity for checking in on how people were feeling and are not so easy in this new world. Video calls don’t quite hold the same opportunity for human connection at this more emotional level and without any kind of replacement for the management of feelings, mental healthcan quite easily spiral out of control.
Oracle recently published the results of a large-scale global research study into mental health at work. Partnering with research firm Workplace Intelligence, they surveyed more than 12,000 employees, managers, HR leaders and C-level execs across 11 countries.
The results were staggering. 76% of people believe that their company should be doing more to protect the mental health of their workforce. This is a serious insight and it will come as no surprise that employees find that mental health issues at work negatively affect their home lives, but what is staggering is the fact 85% of people surveyed believed this to be true.
With working from home (in some form) set to stay for most businesses, there needs to be a revised, solid approach to managing employee mental health remotely. But who should do the ‘managing’ and how? When we look at the Oracle study and delve a little deeper, we find that what employees actually want is very different from how things currently are:
68% of the people surveyed said that they would prefer to talk to a robot over their manager about stress and anxiety at work and 82% believe that robots can support their mental health better than humans.
Wow! These findings may come as a big surprise for many organisations and require big shifts in cultural mindset. However, what is clear is that this new world requires new thinking.
Maybe it’s time to look at a different approach…
Here at Work-Happy, we’ve felt for a long time that the traditional top down management of employee happiness was all wrong. Organisations can’t adopt a one size fits all approach to what are very individual feelings and scenarios.
In our view, the ownership, control and management of employee happiness is in the wrong hands, so we’ve developed a platform to revolutionise this. Our approach is to give ownership of work happiness to the person who can affect and benefit from it the most – the individual.
At the heart of this web platform is the opportunity for employees to undertake self-reflection, guided by Work-Happy in key areas including mental health and wellbeing. Identification of where change is needed is the next key step along with the encouragement to commit to self-action, making small changes for big impact. Work-Happy is a safe space with the control of sharing or not sharing in the hands of the employee.
A wide range of coaching, including audio modules support the individual, along with tools to help them prepare for better conversations with a manager when they are ready to talk to a human.
This is a comprehensive approach to personal awareness, reflection and self-managed change. It’s all there in one beautifully designed and easy to use web platform with a coach bot on hand to help. But don’t be fooled, it’s glossy, but gritty. Work-Happy is not for organisations who want their people’s feelings to stay at surface level…change – real change requires a deep dive into self-reflection to really get to the nub of things. At points, this may be challenging, even uncomfortable for an individual, but what you end up with is a culture made up of people who are happier, more self-aware, who take accountability for how they feel and are actively taking control to change the things that are not working. Better quality conversations will become the norm and ultimately, you’ll all be part of an organisation which is thriving thanks to its happy people.
If this sounds like something you could benefit from, book a demo. We’d love our technology to help your people to unleash a happier version of themselves at work.