What will make us shine a spotlight on mental health at the workplace?
I recently collected some data on the common aspirations and challenges of purpose-driven leaders. The one that really stood out? Burnout.
I’ve experienced it myself, and it was debilitating. I was exhausted, my memory was faltering, and I felt I didn’t have access to my full brain power in order to make decisions.
When you are solving big, important problems, it is hard to draw boundaries, to know when you’ve done enough for that day or that week, to switch off mentally, and to give yourself permission to take out time for other things.
And sometimes, this spirals until you feel you’ve lost your internal GPS.
I am certain this challenge is not limited to the impact space. It is pervasive.
We are all talking about mental health now. But as leaders, what are we doing about making space for it at the workplace?
Are we allowing it to become a part of the ‘normal’ conversation? Are we okay to display our own vulnerability? In these challenging times, are we allowing ourselves and our teams to be fully human?
I would love to hear your thoughts, and actions that you or others around you have taken.