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Organisation and Leadership Skills

What Does a Mental Health Strategy Look Like?

Workshop Overview
We all have a mental and emotional health and organisations are increasingly becoming aware of the importance of harnessing this asset in their employees so that all can thrive and achieve their potential. To do this organisations need to build a comprehensive and effective mental wellbeing strategy, working with mental health professionals.

In this course we will increase understanding of what good mental and emotional health is, the impact on the bottom line of an effective mental health strategy and what needs to be included to increase wellbeing, resilience, emotional intelligence and mental health.

There will be lots of research, case studies and statistics to increase knowledge of this area plus an interactive exercise to plan a robust mental health strategy. Delegates will come away with a clear strategy and plan for their organisation and team.

Workshop Outcomes

  • Builds understanding of what good mental and emotional health looks like and the benefits to organisations on the bottom line.
  • Understand the importance of having an integrated and strategic approach to mental wellbeing.
  • Understand why some mental health initiatives fail to have a significant impact.
  • Develop an awareness of the impact of stigma around mental health on individual’s ability to access support, recover and return to work as quickly as possible.
  • Evaluate what provisions you currently have and address any gaps.
  • Review the key components of a mental wellbeing strategy and how to start the process.
  • Plan your mental and emotional health strategy.
  • Discuss how to get buy in and engage key stakeholders.

Further Details

  • This workshop is for Senior leaders and HR professionals
  • Day workshop (can be tailored to half day or hour sessions)

Managing Organisational Dynamics

Workshop Overview
Organisations consist of individuals, real people who do not leave their emotions at the door. Rather, they bring the struggles of their outside lives with them. These are played out in relationships within the organisation. These dynamics may result in various challenges including conflicts, excessive competition, communication difficulties and defensive behaviours. If they are not understood and effectively addressed, these can impinge on the performance and productivity within the organisation.

This course will develop an understanding of how groups work and how our emotional and relational states can impact (and often disrupt) our ability to work productively. We will collectively think about the organisational culture and identify some of the myths and blind spots that can be unproductive or unhealthy. Participants will understand more the role that they tend to play in groups (both consciously and unconsciously) and how this may impact their relationship with other colleagues who will often have different styles of relating and different emotional worlds.

By considering the importance of having a clearly agreed ‘Primary Task’ (purpose) of the group we will aim to help participants identify when the group is not working well and to consider what emotional challenges may be under the surface. We will also think about how our relationship with authority differs from person to person. This may impact our ability to lead and also our ability to follow or compromise in a group situation.

Finally, we will think together about what influences good group dynamics and what strategies can be put in place to achieve this. We will also explore how we use this knowledge of group and organizational dynamics to encourage group ‘buy in’ and implement change.

Workshop Outcomes

  • Understanding of one’s own and others’ role and impact in groups.
  • Reduce conflict and negative group behaviours.
  • Awareness that groups often become disruptive and sabotage when unspoken dynamics are not dealt with.
  • Develop an awareness of the organizational culture and how to nurture its positive aspects.
  • Improved focus on the Primary Task (core purpose).
  • Increased cohesiveness and collaboration in teams and across the organisation.

Further Details

  • This workshop is for Senior leaders and HR professionals
  • Day workshop (can be tailored to half day or hour sessions)

Working in Emotionally Demanding Environments

Workshop Overview
Employees who work in emotionally demanding environments, including family law, health and medicine, education and the public and voluntary sectors, often require specific support to enable them to remain resilient and productive over the long term, especially in the current climate. When left unsupported people often become mentally and physically unwell resulting in absenteeism and presenteeism.

Working with families in conflict, vulnerable children, the emotional needs of children, loss, death, illness and other similar areas takes its toll. People need a place to process the emotional demands of their jobs so that they do not become sponges for the emotions of others or alternatively develop coping strategies that can also have a negative impact.

In this workshop we cover the impact emotionally demanding jobs can have on individuals’ mental and physical health, the psychological processes that can mean difficult emotions are passed from the client group onto the worker and how to stay resilient and healthy over the long term.

Workshop Outcomes

  • The impact of emotionally demanding environments.
  • The sponge effect, transference and projection.
  • What we bring to our work that can muddy the waters.
  • The defences we create to deal with emotionally demanding environments and how to evaluate what works for us over the long term.
  • Building resilience and filling the tank.
  • How to support teams and individuals working in emotionally demanding environments.

Further Details

  • This workshop is for those working in emotionally demanding environments
  • Day workshop (can be tailored to half day or hour sessions)

High performance for women

Workshop Overview
Unconscious bias and a legacy of inequality means that many women find it hard to truly thrive at work and reach their potential. In this course we help organisations and their women think and plan about how they can break older limiting beliefs and assumptions that can hold women back from fully contributing in the workplace. This will be done in a thoughtful and safe way to ensure that all individuals (both men and women) can feel comfortable, supported and understood.

Many organisations still do not have equal representation in senior roles for women and we will tackle the issues behind this. Many women struggle with confidence and self-belief. It can also be difficult for women to feel comfortable with their own feelings of aggression or competition. Some find themselves trapped in an unconscious drive to ‘play nicely’. We will explore how we encourage women to feel empowered and entitled to progress in their careers. Also, there is often a plateau in women’s careers as they start families and both the woman and the organisation lose out as a consequence.

Women also have to navigate significant life events (such as pregnancy, maternity leave and menopause) which may impact on their work life. We will think about how we encourage women to ask for support and how we equip managers to be able to respond appropriately and comfortably.

Finally, we will cover helping women taking breaks to have children and how we support them before, during and after the break. Women returning to work often feel that their identity has changed along with priorities and so they need to integrate back into work with sometimes a very different outlook. It will be helpful also to view these situations from the perspective of other colleagues.

Workshop Outcomes

  • Learn about gender dynamics, unconscious bias and how this effects women in the workplace and those around them.
  • Help women manage emotional states and behaviours that women can find hard: positive competitiveness, confidence and assertiveness, selling self, and presenting with impact.
  • Blitz limiting self-beliefs and assumptions that can hold women back.
  • Consider how to support female workforce through key life transitions in their career and create a work life balance.
  • Reduce conflict and improve job satisfaction of women in the workplace.
  • Retain female staff and create an environment where women can develop their full potential and have an optimized work/life balance.
  • Increase cohesiveness and collaboration in mixed gender teams and across the organisation.
  • Create an environment that supports women equally throughout the organization.

Further Details

  • This workshop is for managers and HR professionals and for women working in organisations.
  • Day workshop (can be tailored to half day or hour sessions)

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