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“Live happiness”: 5 daily activities to promote the mental well-being of employees

These five everyday practices can be implemented by business leaders looking to embed resilience into their corporate culture and create happier and more fulfilled employees.

the we“Young people are in difficulty. Even before the pandemic, more than half reported feeling anxious or depressed; and many are not yet ready to thoughtfully deal with the many emotions they feel every day. And that stress only increases when school is in session, with the added pressure to be successful academically. In addition to the typical stressors, the lives of adolescents were further disrupted as they were forced to isolate themselves and learn behind computer screens – also missing critical social development and life milestones. adolescence.

In response to the current youth mental health crisis, LG launched a program in 2017 that brings together leaders in socio-emotional learning, education and the science of happiness to form the Life is good: discover happiness
program. In collaboration with
Discovery education, To be strong, CASEL, Grand Bon Science Center and Inner explorer, the program provides scientific and curriculum-approved resources to help educators and students practice six skills of lasting happiness for lifelong social and emotional well-being: Acknowledgement, human connection, positive vision, goal, generosity and
mindfulness.

But mental health issues don’t go away once people graduate from high school. Many adults also face stressors affecting their mental well-being, which have only been exacerbated by the global pandemic, back to school and the uncertainties surrounding returning to the office. Fortunately, employers are taking note. Indeed, a survey of Willis Towers Watson
found 87 percent of employers said stress and burnout are issues for their workforce; and more than three-quarters cited mental and behavioral health as the main goal of improving the health of workers over the next three years. The happiness skills that we promote through Experience Happiness can also be implemented by business leaders looking to embed this type of programming into their corporate culture – ultimately by building resilience and creating happier and more fulfilled employees.

Together with our nonprofit partners, Experience Happiness recommends five daily activities that business leaders could consider for their employees to practice happiness and build a more resilient workforce.

Take the time to take a mental break

It’s easy for employees to get bogged down task after task and meeting after meeting without taking time for them. Business leaders can encourage their employees to block time on their calendars each day to get away from their desks and decompress, even if it’s only for five minutes. Employees can take this opportunity to sit outside and eat their lunch or take a short walk for coffee. This time away from the office can improve focus and focus, and provides the opportunity for a mental reset – helping to avoid exhaustion and feelings of mental and physical fatigue and creating a more positive vision
for the rest of the working day.

Incorporate a one-minute meditation

If your employees have a particularly busy day and aren’t able to take an extended break, you can also provide resources to implement a one-minute meditation at their desk. Employees can do this by simply closing their eyes and practicing a minute of silence or by using guided meditation if the office is noisy. Consider sending an email with strategies or resources employees can use to make the habit easier to practice. Although a minute does not seem long enough to fully practice mindfulness, meditation has been associated with better emotional regulation and a better ability to cope with stress. To encourage employees to practice mindfulness throughout the day, LG employees all have free access to Inner explorer – an online mindfulness platform designed to support mental health and well-being through Mindfulness-based socio-emotional learning (MBSEL).

Practice active listening

In the workplace, effective communication with colleagues is essential for employees to feel understood and valued. Business leaders should encourage employees to practice active listening, which allows you to stay engaged with the other person in a positive way. When someone engages in active listening, it helps build trust and foster empathy between both parties. Here are some ways to get involved in active listening:

  1. Show the speaker you are paying attention by making eye contact and avoiding distractions such as incoming messages.

  2. Ask clarifying questions if there is anything you are not sure about.

  3. As a listener, periodically paraphrase the speaker’s key points to make sure you understand what they are saying and what they are feeling.

Foster natural touchpoints for human connection

Due to the pandemic, some employees continue to work remotely while others return to the office. This disruption of the typical pre-COVID office environment made it difficult for many businesses to replicate the
human connection that we took for granted. In order to reestablish natural ways for employees to connect with their peers, business leaders should create opportunities to replicate the “water cooler talk”. Some ideas include organizing a virtual game night in the last hour of the work day, reserving time at the start of meetings for employees to discuss what they’ve been up to over the weekend. and the use of messaging tools for people with specific interests to discuss their mutual interests. passions.

Encourage people to take time out of their day to give back to others

Many studies show that volunteering improves mental health, lowers blood pressure, and improves happiness. Business leaders can create opportunities for employees to give back by sharing resources and supporting nonprofits looking for volunteers. Additionally, they could also identify a local nonprofit organization and set aside an employee day to participate in corporate volunteering. For example, at LG, our employees participated in World environment day – tackle environmental conservation projects across the country. Another option is to provide a few hours per month during which employees can take time away from their daily work to volunteer. Since many nonprofits need help during the weekdays, this is a great way to get people to give back and will also allow employees to take a break from the office and help out. common good.