Beyond Special Days: Corporate Wellbeing Initiatives Year-Round

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In a world where the importance of mental health and employee wellbeing is gaining recognition, several corporations have stepped up their game to promote a culture of support, empathy, and care within their organisations.

While initiatives on special days like R U OK? Day and Mental Health Day and Month are commendable, the call to action is clear – these efforts should extend beyond these marked dates.

Employee wellbeing initiatives should be a year-round commitment.

  1. R U OK? Day: More than a Conversation

Every year, on R U OK? Day, corporations worldwide engage in meaningful conversations to check in on their employees’ mental and emotional health. It’s a powerful initiative, reminding everyone that a simple “Are you okay?” can make a significant difference in someone’s life. However, the spirit of this day should permeate the entire year.

Some corporations have already recognized this need and instituted ongoing programs that encourage open conversations about mental health. They provide training to managers and employees on how to recognize signs of distress and create a culture where seeking help is not stigmatised but encouraged.

  1. Mental Health Day and Month: A Catalyst for Change

Mental Health Day and Month, often marked by various awareness and support activities, have inspired corporations to launch initiatives that benefit their employees. These include stress management workshops, counselling services, and wellness programs. While these efforts are essential, it’s crucial that they continue throughout the year.

To make this a reality, some forward-thinking organisations have established mental health committees or task forces. These groups continually assess and improve mental health policies, support systems, and resources. They work on ensuring that the mental health of employees is not just a one-time event but a core part of the company’s values.

  1. Year-Round Wellbeing: The Ultimate Goal

The ultimate aim is for wellbeing initiatives to be a constant presence within corporate culture. Many leading companies have recognized that mental health isn’t just about addressing crises but fostering a nurturing environment. They offer benefits like flexible work arrangements, mental health days off, and employee assistance programs to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Additionally, companies have found success in implementing regular wellness challenges, mental health workshops, and access to online resources. The emphasis is on prevention and support rather than crisis management.

In conclusion, while special days like R U OK? Day and Mental Health Day and Month serve as powerful reminders, the corporate world must embrace a year-round commitment to employee wellbeing. It’s not enough to focus on mental health during specific occasions; it should be part of the corporate DNA. Corporations that recognize this and act upon it will not only benefit their employees but also create a healthier, more productive, and compassionate work environment. 

The message is clear: Every day is a good day to prioritise employee mental health and wellbeing.

Being well is not just about not being sick – and not just about mental health.  The World Health Organisation constitution (1948) states: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

Wellbeing is “a state in which an individual can [1] realise their own potential, [2] cope with normal stresses, [3] work productively, [4] and contribute to their community.” (Bevan John Nicholas, 2019. University of Wollongong WHO comparative study)

At Myall Wellbeing, we believe that a holistic approach is essential to support the whole person, not just their mental wellbeing. 

Reach out to us at corporate@myallwellbeing.com if you would like to find out more about how we can inspire and support your organisation’s endeavour towards employees’ holistic optimal wellbeing.  We design and deliver bespoke informative, relatable, educational, experiential, interactive and most importantly inspirational and sustainable wellbeing initiatives to suit your organisation’s needs, ambitions and budget.