Mental health and wellbeing initiatives in our U.S. offices
10 February 2021
Mental health advocacy is about promoting practices within our teams that allow all of our people to perform to their maximum potential, without the distractions caused by avoidable negative stress.
Mental Health Advocate, Andrew Rhys Davies, a partner in New York
At the onset of Covid, U.S. employees received a weekly email to signpost resources for practical help with childcare, mental wellbeing, medical needs and emergency services. The employee assistance program was also expanded to offer free, live-hosted webinars and trainings, specifically addressing the unique issues of the time.
The conversations that I’ve had about our mental health initiatives have been very positive. It’s been great to see people across all levels of our organisation making the effort to stay connected and check in with each other, whether through regularly scheduled team meetings or impromptu one-to-one catch-ups.
Mental Health Advocate, Jean Lee, a partner in Washington
As part of the charter in action, Andrew is more mindful about the way he works with his immediate team: “I’m working on being intentional about the way I delegate to my team and offer feedback. As an example, I’m making sure we work through edits together, even if that means jumping on a Webex now that we can’t do it in person.”
Since the pandemic, Jean has made a conscious effort to be more open with colleagues: “I have found that letting my guard down in terms of how I’m feeling and coping with the challenges of work and personal life have led to better and more meaningful conversations and connections with people.”
Wellbeing initiatives are extremely important as we live in these times of change and uncertainty. Arguably, what is even more effective is having role models in the business to initiate conversations that encourage people at all levels to stop and consider small positive behavior changes, for the good of themselves and those around them.
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