We have all felt the effects that COVID-19 has had upon our capacity to touch; with social distancing, quarantine and isolation from family and friends limiting our physical interactions. If we add the fact that many people are now working remotely, it’s understandable why so many of us are feeling starved of touch. So, why is it vital that we look to change this?
1 in 10 women feel they have no option but to leave their job due to the impact of their menopause! When we consider that women over the age of 50 are the fastest growing segment within the workforce, and the average age for the menopause transition is 51, it’s clear that it is vital that we do not ignore the impact of menopause upon the personal and professional lives of our employees.
This process goes against the grain. It encourages you to face the ‘not so pretty stuff’ and welcome it into the light. From here, what is good, bad and ugly can all be observed in equal measure. And… once you know what you’re dealing with, you have an opportunity to validate your experience, process it and move on.
Right now, worldwide, business owners are needing to make difficult decisions in order to maintain their financial viability. Whether furloughing staff or having to make long-standing, loyal employees redundant, it has become increasingly important to focus on doing this the ‘right’ way.
Here, Meg and Rebecca talk you through how supporting both the health of the business and the wellbeing of the staff is critical.
What if, instead of messaging a friend on WhatsApp, we reached out and called them? What if when we asked them how they were – we really asked and really listened? And what if when they told us things were bad, we didn’t try to sugarcoat it? What if we didn’t try to soothe and, instead, we just listened?
Next week is my favourite week of the whole year! Yes, next week is Mental Health Awareness week, and the theme chosen for 2020 is Kindness. This special week, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, will see people all across the country celebrating the power and potential of kindness.