Mental wellbeing at work
In any given year, one in five Australians experience mental ill-health. Almost half the population experience mental ill-health at some stage in their lifetime. The 2018 KPMG and Mental Health Australia report, Investing to Save, estimated that the cost of workplace mental ill-health in Australia was $12.8 billion in 2015–16.
This highlights a commercial challenge for organisations. And investing in mental wellbeing holds significant opportunities: research such as Google’s ‘Project Aristotle’ have highlighted that psychological safety is the number one contributor to effective teams.
Caring about someone's mental wellbeing and psychological safety at work is, however, more than an opportunity for enhanced performance. It is our responsibility as humans and our contribution to a workplace culture where people can thrive. Underneath the numbers, we must see the individual stories of our colleagues and their families. And we all have an obligation to shape work into something that’s working better, for as many of us as possible.
Investing in your teams' mental and emotional wellbeing will support them in working with focus, and direction, especially in an increasingly complex and uncertain world which is testing people’s resilience and adaptability.
In 2012, Adobe conducted their global benchmark study ‘state of create’ to explore the topic of creativity in the workplace. Even though 80% thought that unlocking creativity is critical to economic growth, 75% also felt that the pressure on productivity comes at the expense of creativity and two thirds stated that risk aversion stifles creative thinking.
This aligns with figures from George Land’s Creativity Test, originally developed for NASA and then transformed into longitudinal study with children. Among 5-year olds, 98% of kids fell into the category of ‘creative genius’, highlighting that we are all born as creative creatures. Within ten years, this dropped to 12% for 15-year-olds and among a representative sample of adults, we are looking at only 2%. George Land concluded that “non-creative behaviour is learned” which suggests it can be un-learned, too.
Creativity is a natural impulse that needs nurturing. We need to foster divergent thinking and imagination. Arts-based training provides a safe space within for this with a focus on an organisation’s objectives and needs. Arts-based training has the flexibility to respond to personalised learning styles. It does this through different modalities, creative processes, a strengths-based approach, individual ‘making time’ as well as group discussion and synthesis. The emphasis on the process of creating ensures experiential learning that encourages experimentation and activates all parts of our brain.
I help organisations in supporting their workforce’s mental wellbeing as well as nurturing their creativity and imagination to drive innovation.
I offer bespoke arts-based workshops and training and can tailor existing workshop content to fit your and your team’s needs.
Workshop outcomes can include:
Deepening your team's creative process and potential
Improving workplace communication and trust
Infusing work with meaning
Practicing a beginner’s mind
Practical steps to strengthen self-care
Exploring and leveraging workplace diversity
Steps to prevent burnout and compassion fatigue
Contact me for a customised proposal based on your needs and objectives.
Different rates are available to not-for-profits, small businesses (2-100 staff) and corporate clients (100+ staff).
Workshops can be held at your premises or at an external venue.
I also work with individuals in 1-on-1 coaching as part of their personalised learning & development, to help explore their leadership and communication style, optimal career path and to assist with stress management.
"Something I’ve been keen to argue for a long time is that creativity has to be seen as an operational idea. For example, in education, we’ve long recognised the importance of promoting literacy. We don’t just hope it will happen. We don’t just leave books around and hope someone takes an interest and figures out how to read them. We teach people to do that. There’s a very clear analogy to me with creativity. If you don’t stop to think what creativity is, it’s hard to know how to promote it."
― Sir Ken Robinson