Feb 14 2011
5 Ways to Assess and Improve Your Employees’ Health
Emotional health is a state of wellness that comes from understanding and acknowledging our emotions and finding appropriate ways to express them.
As workforce, we often bring emotional problems from our childhood or current family life into the workplace because we haven’t dealt with them effectively outside of work.
This can seriously damage workplace relationships and lead to poor performance and negative feelings all around.
A lot of tools and techniques exist for assisting us improve our emotional health. Some of the most common are given below, with real-life case histories illustrating their use.
If an unpleasant mood or feeling persists over a length of time, do not hesitate to seek out a certified specialist. Wellness programs normally have specialist support already in place as part of their services.
1. Health Coaching -
One of the hallmarks of emotional health is the willingness to ask for help when we need it.
Confidential professional help, the coaching and counseling provided by employee assistance or wellness programs, can provide an external source of strength and insight for “working out” emotionally-based problems in lieu of “working them in” to your job.
2. Self-help Groups -
Self-help groups are designed to aid individuals in emotional situations in which they feel alone. The purpose of these groups is twofold – to allow individuals to safely feel and express their emotions, and to help break their isolation at work and/or in society at big and reintegrate them into society with the support of a colleague group.
The classic self-help group is Alcoholics Anonymous, but thanks to technology, it is possible to connect with others that have common health challenges, no matter how unique the situation.
Individuals are taking advantage of tele-conference groups and social websites, like sparkpeople .com and revolutionhealth.com. Health promotion programs often have such groups available through internet based or telephone support. Progressive employee health promotion provider
Exan Wellness, for example, offers teleconference cell groups and moderated wellness forums for interacting with others in a supportive, confidential and anonymous environment.
People with shared challenges get together and discuss the emotional challenges they are facing at work or in other areas of their lives and work through change together.
3. Journaling – Journaling is often advised by counsellors as a way to help identify and process emotions. People record their emotions in writing as they experience them, in no matter what form they wish.
By helping the writer gain greater emotional clarity, journaling can help in making more emotionally informed decisions. In much the same way, letter writing enables individuals to identify and process the emotions they feel about others.
The letter doesn’t have to be sent or its contents shared – it simply provides a place for the expression of feelings.
An 18-year-old “army brat,” Brent has always done well at school, academically and athletically. But in his last year of high school, something seems to have happened to him. He has lost all interest in school, becoming moody and withdrawn.
Brent describes to his guidance counselor all the times he had to move when he was growing up. Each move wrenched him from his friends and forced him to play the role of the “new kid on the block.”
The counselor suggests that Brent write letters to the friends he’s missed over the years telling them how he felt. Lastly, he’s a chance to say a proper goodbye.
4. Assess Your Emotional Health – Organizations that seek to improve employees’ interpersonal skills, or emotional intelligence in the workplace are more successful, as reported by ground-breaking journalist Daniel Goleman.
And emotional intelligence is the buzzword in workplaces these days. Some health promotion programs have information about emotional intelligence, or emotional health assessments. Seek out more information about emotional intelligence for better corporate health promotion.
5. Friendships/Support Systems – Friendships allow people to feel supported in their emotional journeys. At the same time, they give people an opportunity to develop their empathetic skills.
These skills are also important for worksite health. When we’re empathic with fellow workforce, we help them resolve negative or unhealthy emotions. New friendships are made through hobbies, classes, clubs, or even through online groups.
Many people are finding emotional satisfaction by connecting or re-connecting with friends through Facebook and other social websites.
Sometimes worksite stress that isn’t dealt with in a healthful manner could be brought home. A 36-year-old mother of three, Sarah, wants to be a good wife, a good mother, and a success at her job.
One day, drained after a long day at work, she shouted at her rambunctious children and threatened to hit her youngest son. Her behavior horrified her. To make matters worse, she believes she’s a failure at her job as well as at motherhood. She watches with jealousy as younger peers advance much more quickly up the corporate ladder despite having less experience than she has.
On the advice of a counselor, she decides to take time out for herself and take a course for amateur painters. It does not take long before she strikes up a friendship with a single mom in the class.
She once led a life very similar to Sarah’s before managing to achieve a better balance between work and family. Her new friend becomes a much-needed sounding board for Sarah and offers her perspectives on her life that she had not considered before.