As part of Nexia New Zealand’s culture and corporate social responsibility, we endeavour to promote mental wellbeing at work. We spend approximately one third of our adult life at work, so it makes sense to spend it well.
Mental health is best understood simply as our state of mind. We all have mental health, ranging across a spectrum from poor to excellent. Where we are on this spectrum affects our ability to do our jobs, maintain healthy relationships, and cope with stress or anger. Organisations that support good mental wellbeing generally have happier people, a more positive workplace and, ultimately, a healthier business.
Workplaces can contribute to negative stresses and other psychological harm experienced by employees such as stress, fatigue, and bullying. Healthy employees tend to be happier and more engaged, which also means they are more productive.
For many business owners, part of the problem is that they don’t know where to start. Building mentally well workplaces is about adapting the tools businesses already have an integrating a mental wellbeing focus. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to creating a positive work environment.
Xero, our accounting software partners, have teamed up with The Mental Health Foundation to produce the 2019 Small Business Wellbeing Report – 1,000 small business owners and sole traders were surveyed as part of the research, to understand how the mental wellbeing of people affects business. We know that there is still a crucial need for mental health support amongst Kiwi small businesses.
Xero have also collated an excellent list of resources to assist in creating a wellbeing plan for your business:
- Good4Work – A free online tool for small-medium sized workplaces, including a step-by-step guide for changing your workplace environment and culture.
- Wellplace – A website providing practical tools, ideas and resources to build wellbeing in your workplace. Developed by the Health Promotion Agency.
- WorkWell – Provides free resources, mentoring, networking opportunities and accreditation to support workplaces to ‘work better through wellbeing’.
- Just a Thought – Free online therapy to improve your mental health.
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