What do you think makes the partnership between GoHenry and OpenUp successful?
OpenUp has met our business needs by offering professional support six days a week. To date, OpenUp’s service has never let us down and I do believe it was one of the reasons contributing to GoHenry securing 14th place in Newsweek’s 2022 Most Loved Workplaces® list.
Which tools do you use to increase employees’ awareness and engagement in mental health?
We have a well-being calendar which we draft up a year beforehand that has lots of subjects such as mental health, DE&I, mind & body, healthy relationships, self knowledge, etc. From there, we then build out content and how best to deliver and encourage participation. We also send out communications once a month via HiBob – our HR portal, Slack and our Monthly Town Halls.
What does mental health personally mean to you?
It drives how I think, feel and act.
How do you personally practice what you preach about mental health?
I’m kind to myself but also push my mind out of its comfort zone to train it and keep it active. I stay active with my personal trainer twice a week, I run and I also practice yoga. It’s my time to be kind to myself, show my body the respect it deserves and challenge myself whilst unplugging my brain and silencing the voices in my head that are reminding me of the world around me and the tasks I haven’t done.
How do you deal with challenging situations in your life?
I believe things are sent to try us and how you handle them and allow them to impact you is far more important than the actual situation. I also remind myself that things could be worse and embrace the challenge, but I am not afraid to ask for support.
What advice would you give those reading this conversation? Is there something you want to share with your team and employees?
We are in a world where looking after our physical health is something we proudly show off to the world – with a sweaty gym selfie or going for a jog and sharing the auto-tweeted map afterwards. But all too often we forget about looking after our brains and ensuring we keep our minds fit. We owe it to ourselves, our friends and our family to be the best we can be and to do that we need to invest in our well-being on a regular basis.