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Are you on top of emotional well-being in your business? Use this questionnaire to find out.

Are you on top of emotional well-being in your business? Use this questionnaire to find out.

Taking care of your employees mental health has become far more of a ‘hot button’ topic in the last few years, with good reason!

The mental health of your employees can greatly impact your results. In fact, a recent Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development study highlighted the impact that mental ill health can have on organisations. The study found that:

  • 37% of sufferers are more likely to get into conflict with colleagues
  • 57% find it harder to juggle multiple tasks
  • 80% find it difficult to concentrate
  • 62% take longer to do tasks
  • 50% are potentially less patient with customers/clients.

The study also found that, for the first time, stress is the major cause of long-term absence in manual and non-manual workers.

You can find out more about the study in the ACAS article on Mental Health in the Workplace here.

The long and short of it is this: People that feel good about themselves often work more productively, interact better with their colleagues, and make a valuable contribution to the business.

With that in mind, I wanted to make sure that it’s as easy as possible for you to evaluate whether your business is doing enough to improve the mental health of your employees.

So, I’ve put together a simple checklist for you to use. Make sure to note down your answers on a piece of paper for each question. 

Remember to be honest. It’s better to know now so you can improve your results rather than not admitting where you stand and taking even longer to improve your business results with changes.

Employee Emotional Well-being Questionnaire

Once you’ve completed this checklist, you can calculate your score using the below information:

Never – 0 points

Sometimes – 1 point

Always – 2 points

The maximum score is 36.

I’ve put together a summary of what your results mean and some guidance to improve your mental health awareness and support throughout your business.

You scored 0-18

Research shows that 1 in 6 workers are dealing with mental health problems at work. With a score as low as 18, you won’t have the right policies and processes in place to support those workers.

Your business may be at risk of high absence and all of the associated costs. You risk grievances being raised, productivity going down the toilet, and you may even be in breach of employment law.

If you haven’t got up to speed with this yet, it’s not too late.

I would recommend a full and thorough review of your policies and educate yourself, and your management team, to ensure you’re all equipped with the awareness and leadership skills necessary to support those in need.

This can start relatively small and without any budgetary needs. Such as:

  • Ensure that you have opportunities for employee feedback and space for open and honest discussion.

Often this starts with you being open minded enough to listen. This means you can’t be defensive or judgemental with whatever they come forward with.

We’ve got further resources on how to manage mind-sets and emotions at work which you can find in our learning centre here.

In addition to those free resources, you can find plenty of information on the ACAS website.

We help employers address mental health at work using NLP Coaching. In fact, I’ve recently completed a project working with 30 employees to improve their mental well-being.

I helped employees release phobias, move on from past traumas, relieve anxiety and stress, alleviate the symptoms of depression, empower employees with well-being practises, improve self-esteem, and train the management team in stress management techniques and employee support.

Their staff absence has since seen a phenomenal reduction, and I’m still getting incredible feedback from the management team that the employees are more motivated than ever, looking for more responsibilities and accomplishing more than they thought possible.

One employee told me that on any day, she could expect her anxiety to be triggered by 35 different situations. Now, they have no impact on her whatsoever and she’s calmer and happier than she’s ever been!

It’s a complex subject, so that’s why I enjoy supporting employers with this topic. It can have massive impact, without breaking the bank and in a pretty short amount of time!

As HR Specialists and Accredited Master NLP Practitioners and Hypnotherapists, we’re well equipped to help you develop your organisational strategies for supporting positive mental health. We also offer a free consultation period, where we’ll give you plenty of free advice whether you decide to work with us or not.

You scored 18-30

You’re doing pretty well! You already have knowledge of mental health and how it affects your employees and may already have useful processes in place.

If you’re in this scoring category, you may want to consider the consistency of how you apply your knowledge and processes.

Perhaps you could review how often you apply the above points? You need to assess and understand what stops you making it a regular action. Only then can you identify what steps you need to take in order to get on top of this and protect your business, your employees, and your performance 100% of the time.

At POD HR & Training, we support businesses with emotional well-being at work and help leaders with tools and techniques to support employees and their performance.

Even if employees don’t have ill mental health, there may be some limiting beliefs blocking their performance.

To find out more on working with mind-sets and limiting beliefs, you can read our article here.

Clients often call us in to work directly with employees using NLP Coaching, or sometimes they get us in to train managers. If you’d like to see what options could be available for you, you can contact me at natalie@podhr.co.uk and I can give you some free advice.

You scored 30-36

Congratulations and well done! It’s great that you’re so clued up and treating this subject with the care and consideration it requires.

The fact that you’re so on it means you’re probably always looking to stay ahead of the game. By developing a range of skills to tackle this, you’re creating a consistent method of improving your business results.

We provide bespoke training packages for leaders to empower them with tools and techniques that can easily change mind-sets and unwanted emotions. If you’d like to continue your journey and preserve your excellence in this key focus area, you can email me at natalie@podhr.co.uk to discuss further training options.

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