A guide to home working and self-isolating
Home working is increasing in popularity year on year as businesses recognise the benefits of flexibile working.
The SHP has some wonderful resources to help businesses support their home workers and protect the mental health of employees, and indeed ourselves, during the Covid-19 outbreak. These are unprecedented times where adaptation is paramount. As a leader or manager aiming to support your teams you are probably experiencing an anxious mindset asking, what can I do and where do I start? You are not alone. Many of our clients had face-to-face training booked only to be cancelled with no indication of when it can go ahead. It is vital at this time that business continue to support their employees and not simply wait for everything to get back to “normal” before continuing with the wellbeing agenda.
Many people are experiencing high levels of anxiety and potentially grief not only of loved ones but dealing with the loss of daily structure, identity, routine and purpose which we know are all important to our wellbeing. Change and transition can impact some people negatively particularly those already struggling with their mental health.
Minds That Work have teamed up with The Healthy Work Company and Bullyology to bring you a range of online facilitated workshops and on-demand e-learning.
i-act FOR MANAGERS AND EMPLOYEES - 3 HOURS
i-act is a leading international evidence-based mental health and wellbeing programme for understanding and managing mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. It is available as a face-to-face day workshop (see Workplace Training) or a fully facilitated online learning.
For Managers and Leaders
Managing and Promoting Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace
- The i-act course for managers is aimed at supporting managers to improve workplace wellbeing and support employees who may experience a mental health or wellbeing issue in the workplace
- The i-act course comes with a 168-page evidence-based course manual, toolkit and resource pack for each manager
- The i-act manual includes over 50 tools to support managers and over 95 agencies/organisations to refer on to. The evidence-based i-act course and manual cites over 225 pieces of reputable references, researched by leading academics in the field working at Doctorate level
- The i-act course highlights what managers need to know regarding managing mental health in the workplace (for example regarding legislation and The Health and Safety Executive)
For Employees/Front-line Workers
Understanding and Promoting Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace
- This i-act training is aimed at supporting employees to improve their workplace wellbeing, and support others who may experience a mental health or wellbeing issue
- The i-act course comes with a 156-page evidence-based course manual, toolkit and resource pack (pictured left) for each participant
- The i-act manual includes over 45 tools to support employees and over 95 agencies/organisations to refer on to
- The evidence-based i-act course and manual cites over 200 pieces of reputable references, researched by leading academics in the field working at Doctorate level
- The i-act course highlights how we can all improve our wellbeing to help build resilience
Please get in touch to find out more on the programmes and how the i-act training can benefit your organisation.
I: improve wellbeing, A: advocate and access help and support, C: connect and communicate, T: take tools and advice
SHORTER WORKSHOPS - 45-90 MINUTES
In these unprecedented times, a lot of people are going to be thrust into working from home who perhaps have only done so on occasion before. We work in partnership with The Healthy Work Company and Bullyology to deliver a range of workshops ranging from 40 minutes to 90 minutes
These webinars are designed to make the transition as smooth as possible for your teams – ensuring they are as productive as possible, whilst safeguarding their mental and physical health.
Healthy working from home – 40 minutes
Healthy working from home for managers – 60 minutes
Mental health conversations for remote workers – 30 minutes
Manager conversations about wellbeing – 90 minutes
Mental health awareness – 40 minutes
Workplace mindfulness taster – 60 minutes
Sleep – 60 minutes
Please see the attached for full details: Minds That Work Online Facilitated Training
WORKPLACE MINDFULNESS - 60 MINUTES
In recent years researchers have turned their attention to the impact of mindfulness on the working population. For the individual employee, negative thinking affects their ability to enjoy life. By being consciously aware of their thoughts, the employee can take control of their emotions and actions and positively change their environment. Benefits include:
- Improved cognitive flexibility
- Improved focus and concentration
- Increased ability to manage difficult situations including change
- Improved teamwork and communication skills
- Greater innovation and creativity
- Increased levels of safety
- Improved emotional regulation and discernment
- Reduced feelings of being overwhelmed and stressed
- Decreased levels of absenteeism caused by work-related stress
- Reduced levels of anxiety and low mood
- Ability to make wise choices
- Increased resilience with lower levels of burnout
- Improved sleep quality
- Overall improvement to general wellbeing
Start with a taster session and progress on to the six-week training programme aimed to develop mindfulness skills. Employees attend a one-hour training session each week on their premises learning new techniques to improve general wellbeing and resilience, which they then practise each day and apply to their work.
Who it’s for:
This mindfulness training is tailored to your workplace and meets the needs of leaders, managers and employees (A specific course for leadership is available).
Where it takes place:
This remote training is interactive and experiential one hour per week for six to eight weeks depending on your needs.
Please get in touch to find out more on the programmes and how workplace mindfulness can benefit your organisation.
MINDFUL LEADERSHIP - 60 MINUTES
“In years to come we’ll be talking about mindfulness as we talk about exercise now” Sally Boyle, HR Director at Goldman Sachs, Mindful Nation 2015
Having been a CEO for a mental health charity and a team leader at a financial consultancy in the City of London for a total of 11 years I can personally vouch for the benefits regular mindfulness bought to my daily working life. Being at “the top” doesn’t have to be a stressful place. Improved emotional regulation and discernment can reduce feelings of being overwhelmed in pressurised environments.
A wide range of major UK organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors have introduced mindfulness projects within the past few years including a number of NHS trusts, the Department of Health, civil service departments, corporate banks, global product and media companies.
INCORPORATE MINDFULNESS INTO YOUR APPROACH
Who it’s for:
This course is tailored to senior managers and leaders.
What it is:
Mindfulness for Managers and Leaders provides an understanding of the key psychological principles of mindfulness and the tools to embed it into your leadership style. Proven to reduce stress and improve focus and concentration, mindfulness also helps you develop self-awareness and allows you to be attentive to colleagues.
Where it takes place:
This remote training is interactive and experiential one hour per week for six to eight weeks depending on your needs either in group or 1-2-1 coaching.
“This course has completely changed my working approach. I have more energy, feel less stressed, and have improved my focus and performance”
BULLYOLOGY - 3 HOURS
A workplace that actively promotes a positive culture and proactively handles bullying incidents is much better equipped to protect their two most valuable assets: their staff and their business reputation. Failing to address bullying loses money, wastes time and alienates employees.
Building a Thriving Workplace from Bullyology: this three hour workshop is a practical course designed to give employees, managers and business leaders a more complete understanding of workplace bullying and harassment: how to prevent it, how best to deal with it and how to be an upstander (rather than a silent bystander). It also outlines the harmful effects bullying can have on productivity, staff retention, talent acquisition and employee health while exploring what is means to have a psychologically safe workplace.
Please get in touch to find out more on the programme and how Bullyology can benefit your organisation. This training can be combined with i-act for managers.
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID HALF DAY AWARE - 3 HOURS
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England and Australia training courses teach people to spot the signs of mental health issues, offer initial help and guide a person towards support. The training does not teach people to be therapists, but it teaches people to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.
The vision of MHFA is “to normalise society’s attitudes and behaviours around mental health, by developing the skills we need to look after our own and others’ wellbeing. We want to empower people through education to care for themselves and others”
Mental Health First Aid Half Day Aware England and Australia online – 3 hours
An introductory course designed to increase mental health awareness and give an understanding of how to look after wellbeing and challenge stigma. When you complete your course you will get a certificate of attendance and a manual to keep and refer to whenever you need it.
How will attending an MHFA course help?
Research and evaluation shows that taking part in an MHFA course:
− Raises awareness and mental health literacy, − Reduces stigma around mental ill health, − Boosts knowledge and confidence in dealing with mental health issues, − Promotes early intervention which enables recovery
Please get in touch to find out more on the programme and how MHFA can benefit your organisation.
WHAT OUR CLIENT'S ARE SAYING
Emma’s training style is very engaging and the mix between knowledge sharing and practical exercises was exactly right. We were given some excellent tools and tips which have helped us get on the right track for our drive towards creating better awareness and care for mental health in the workplace
This course has completely changed my working approach. I have more energy, feel less stressed, and have improved my focus and performance
I thought I knew what mindfulness was but not after the session...it was very inspiring...I now know what it means to notice my thoughts rather than react to them
I can only echo what has already been said. Thank you very much for such an inspiring session!
Thank you very much for yesterday, it was outstanding and I can reassure you that many people share the same view and we definitely sparkled some passion. We are so happy that you were our chosen host for the Taster session!
The course enabled me to develop some techniques which I am already able to use in order to give myself time before reacting adversely to situations. So it has made me aware of my previous auto pilot and that means that I have been able to stop it happening at times and as a consequence it limits the stress
Victoria is an excellent teacher with a lot of knowledge on mindfulness and best practice; whether you’re new or looking to learn more about mindfulness this course provides an excellent foundation upon which to base your practice
I thought it was a very good course because it combined theory with practise and I liked that, even in 1 hour we had time to do a practise each week.
Having practiced meditation as a part of my regular yoga practice I was not a stranger to a lot of the concepts within this course , however learning about the practical application of them and the theory behind it ingrained/heightened the role that meditation plays in my life
We addressed difficult topics but Emma enabled us to build confidence with the discussions and activities, and created a comfortable helpful atmosphere to learn
I thought I knew what mindfulness was but not after the session…it was very inspiring… I now know what it means to notice my thoughts rather than react to them.
Emma encouraged people to think differently about their own and other’s health. It encouraged me to be more empathetic
Thank you for the workshop, the practices were great, it has inspired me to know more
I feel like I’ve just been born! I now need to train my “baby-mind” from sticking its fingers in the live sockets of habitual thinking. I’ve woken up to my autopilot
Victoria made the training interactive whilst fully informing myself and my employees on the importance of mental health and wellbeing. We covered a variety of topics ranging from signposting employees to further services and going into detail on the various issues which may affect an individual's mental health and wellbeing. It has personally helped me as I now know how to spot signs of well-being within employees and feel confident that I can support them . This training has also highlighted the importance of this topic and will encourage the organisation to put employees wellbeing at the forefront of their people strategy
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