In line with our Inclusive Business campaign, the IoD is proud to be supporting My Whole Self, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England’s exciting new initiative for workplace culture change; something which we recognise as being at the heart of fostering an inclusive workforce, whatever the shape and size of your organisation. Research shows us that the highest performing workplaces are supportive and inclusive.
Originally geared at encouraging individuals to feel empowered to bring their whole self to work - because it’s better for wellbeing and better for business - the My Whole Self campaign takes on new meaning in the current climate of remote working and self-isolation.
Indeed, in these unprecedented and challenging times, it has perhaps never been more important to take care of ourselves and each other; particularly in regard to our mental health. After all, this campaign is not about a physical workplace. It is about being able to use all our energy in working on the tasks and issues in hand, not worrying about whether we are saying the right thing, wearing the right thing or being the right person.
My Whole Self is also about staying connected. When we’re empowered to be our ‘whole self’ we can build deeper connections. This helps us to be more understanding of our colleagues, so we work better together. These connections are even more important in the current climate.
Putting diversity and inclusion at the centre of mental health and wellbeing creates a culture where people can be themselves at work. This helps us to feel more engaged, to think bolder, find common ground, and work more effectively together.
This is backed up by Google’s landmark Aristotle study, which found that ‘psychological safety’ is one of five key elements that enables a team to excel. Teams that feel safe and connected work better together and to do this they need a working environment – virtual or otherwise - that allows them to be authentic and show their whole self.
My Whole Self is calling on organisations to join the support in the build up to My Whole Self Day on March 18 when people across the country will be encouraged to share a My Whole ‘Selfie’ on social media. Find out how you can get involved here.
You can find out more about the campaign and download free resources to help you take part at mhfaengland.org/my-whole-self.
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