By Rachel Munns, Feb 1 2018 12:11PM
As many of you know, I am very passionate about helping and supporting people with mental health issues – to the extent that I started my own business running training workshops to raise awareness about mental health and also to help people build personal resilience.
My business model is very simple. I believe that people buy people, so I offer companies a free trial before they commit to any training. During one of these trials last year there was a delegate, a senior manager, who appeared to be quite disengaged. As the trial continued he began to join in the discussion and it was clear that he was very unhappy with his team, whom he described as negative and slow, and didn’t believe that they could be changed. In fact, it all sounded rather hopeless.
After venting his frustrations, he retreated into his closed body language and apparent disinterest. I left the trial feeling that it had gone very well but also feeling very sad about the ‘angry’ delegate.
Soon afterwards, this company decided to go ahead with the full training – offering it first to their management team and then to their staff. As I was setting up on the first day the HR Manager came to see me and spoke to me about the ‘angry’ delegate.
Apparently, during the trial he had been uncomfortable because he realised that he, himself, was suffering from mental health issues and that this was having a negative impact on his team. Immediately following the trial, he had gone to HR and disclosed this information.
Fortunately his company were supportive and the conversation began…..
Now, several months later, he is well on the road to recovery and managing his team with energy and enthusiasm. This has had a positive impact on their productivity - which has increased - and on their general disposition which is greatly improved.
It’s time to talk – be the one who opens the conversation in your workplace.
February 1st – Time to Talk Day