I recently changed?the description of myself on linkedin, facebook and on my email signature – to?’Inspirational Speaker: Mental Health ‘at Work’.? I think that is what I have always been – a Mental Health Speaker.? Even though I spend each day on topics like resilience, energy, engagement, leadership, team building, optimism, and positive work cultures, I am a Mental Health Speaker.? And, because of a?number of personal experiences surrounding people I care about, I decided that I needed to start using this term more.?
Something strange occurred, however.? As I told people this, and as they noticed it, I got some strange reactions.? ‘Really?’? ‘Why?’? ‘Are you sure?’? were some of them.? One colleague even added, ‘you’ve been so successful describing yourself as an energy and engagement speaker, aren’t you afraid all of your clients will leave you?? Corporations?would rather leave that topic (Mental Health)?to the EAP and out of the workplace, the boardroom or even the conference centre.’??
Well, I think it’s about time to turn that around.? Think about it:? What do we actually want in our organizations ?? We want people who come to work rested and ready to take on the day; we want them to be energized and engaged in their work; we want them to have great relationships so they can collaborate well together; we want them to come up with new ideas on how to make our customers even happier than they already are, and so?on.? Well, guess what – THAT is Mental Health ‘at Work’!
We can build workplaces?that are “mentally healthy”, that give people the permission to be?human; that allow us all to be vulnerable, to express emotion, to empathize freely, and to connect with each other in a?meaningful way.? A mentally healthy workplace is open and welcoming so that people can be at their best, free from judgment.? That, as Brene Brown describes in the video below, is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, change, and high performance that we want in our organizations.?
Tell me what you think…should I drop the new tag line?
?Deri Latimer, B Mgt, CSP, is an expert in positive possibilities for people! She is one of fewer than 10% of speakers globally who hold the designation of Certified Speaking Professional. Deri combines a Business degree in Human Resources with experience from business sectors including health care, manufacturing, education, agriculture, government, mining, transportation, tourism, and professional services. Deri provides practical strategies for mental health ‘at work’; impacting individuals and organizations?to increase resilience to change, energize engagement with the organization, and propel meaningful performance results that last!? www.derilatimer.com