Very few organisations and employees in South Africa were prepared to convert to blended workforces so suddenly. But as the lockdown was systematically lifted, a lot of companies that went back to their old traditional office spaces are now weighing up the benefits of having lasting remote or blended workforces.
Most company leaders were pleasantly surprised at the independency of employees and increased productivity. They saw the potential cost savings in huge overheads like office space rental and most employees loved the flexibility and reduced travel time. Suddenly blended workforces looked much more appealing to both the company and the employee.
Don’t underestimate what a huge role emotions play in our lives. Your mood impacts your relationships, your work performance and your outlook. Feeling psychologically safe in any environment helps employees to deal with stress in a healthy way and helps to transform negative thoughts into positive ones.
Emotional and Mental Wellness is an essential part of overall Workplace Wellness. It ensures employee productivity, positive workplace morale and helps employees build good workplace relationships. When wellness problems are left unchecked or not detected early enough, it can ultimately lead to a very high staff turnover, decrease productivity and can ultimately impact the company’s bottom line. Workplace counselling offers the ideal platform to deal with emotional, mental health and workplace performance issues. This is Part 3 of The Mindspa Institute’s effort to create awareness of good Mental Health in the Workplace.
According to a fact sheet published by the World Health Organisation, “Globally, an estimated 264 million people suffer from depression…” Their studies also, “estimates that depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy US $1 trillion each year in lost productivity.” October is World Mental Health Awareness month. This article is part 2 of a series of 3 articles in an effort by The Mindspa Institute to help create awareness of good mental health in the workplace.
Recognised world-wide, October is Mental Health Awareness month. According to the online dictionary Mental Health can be defined as “a person’s condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being.” Unfortunately, in many workplaces, mental health and its influence on physical health is still misunderstood. Companies still underestimate the financial impact it has on business. This is the ideal time for proactive management in companies to create awareness of employee wellbeing and to elevate their own wellness programmes in order to promote beneficial Mental Health.
I don’t only declutter, do a bit of maintenance and tidy up here and there only for therapeutic reasons, but it also provides me a chance to start on a fresh, new, blank page every spring. Peter Walsh, the author of the book - Lose the Clutter, Lose the Weight: The Six-Week Total-Life Slim Down, says: “What I know for sure is that when you declutter – whether it’s on your home, your head, or your heart – it is astounding what will flow into that space that will enrich you, your life, and your family.”
Let’s face it, women are superhuman beings. They have to deal with a lot of challenges and usually all at once. Barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen is long gone and working moms are a reality now. But it is not like all the other responsibilities just disappear when women start working. “O no, on the contrary, the working part just gets added onto the long list of responsibilities women are faced with on a daily basis. What is even worse is that women get judged very harshly when they drop the ball,” explains Elmarie Pretorius, Managing Woman Owner at The Mindspa Institute, a soft skills training development company. “At work, management might constantly be questioning their dedication and ability; while at home they themselves doubt their effectiveness as a parent or as a partner” she continued.
“We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women’s voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored.” – Sheryl Sandberg.
There are great women leaders who hold positions as CEOs, entrepreneurs, philanthropists etc. and inspire as well as upskill the next-generation female leaders to grow and succeed. Numerous studies and research identified 5 core skills next-generation female leaders need to create a more women-empowered workplace.
Women in business are well aware of the various challenges, women in particular, face. Whether you are self-employed or working for a boss, you may feel like people are second guessing your abilities, your qualification and skills. Although you know that you are a hard worker and will give your best, your dedication may be constantly questioned.
The hard lockdown caused by COVID-19 has impacted the very livelihoods of the majority of SA citizens. The economy is on a difficult road to recovery, but there is a life-line…Women. Nunu Ntshingila, a regional director of Facebook Africa at that time, wrote in an article published in 2018 on iol.co.za that, “In a new study conducted by Development Economics on behalf of Facebook, it is estimated that businesses set up by women in South Africa over the next five years (from now until 2022), hold the key to unlocking more than R175 billion a year for the economy while creating 972 000 jobs.”
Most of the time our offices are our second home and therefore the people who work alongside us are inevitably going to befriend us. They become our allies. Also, you shouldn’t despise going to work and having friends there makes for a more relaxed and homely atmosphere. But just how relaxed or professional should friendships be at work? Should a manager or team leader befriend his/her subordinates? OR rather befriend people on the same level in an organisation? Is there a massive difference between social friends and work friends? What happens when the lines blur between being a friend and suddenly being the boss? In this article we discuss how leaders should manage friendships at work in order to avoid awkward situations.
Many people who are new to the job market, especially young talent, feel bewildered, not knowing what to expect. They are unsure of themselves, feel uncertain about all the skills that they will need and hesitant to perhaps take action or initiative. These employees are, however, very eager to learn and want to grow professionally especially at this stage of their careers.
Companies, who are serious in obtaining and keeping quality talent with growth potential, develop their entry-level employees’ and interns’ leadership skills early on in their careers. They invest in mentorship programs and establish entry-level job programs specifically structured to assist in building core critical leadership skills and easing them into the processes of the company.