I first came across Robin Williams’ work on the 1970s US tv show Mork & Mindy. I remember liking the cartoon energy in his performance. He was larger than life, well my life in the UK anyway. I was young though, so the subtle side of his work went over my head. I grew to appreciate the breadth of his talent over the intervening years.
Robin Williams’ death, at 63 years of age, made me cry. It was shocking. Shocking in part because he was relatively young, much loved and hugely talented. Shocking mostly because of the link to mental health.
What Is Your Well-Being Strategy?
You can never tell what mental health challenges someone might be facing. According to the Mental Health Foundation 1 in 4 of us in the UK will have a problem this year. These challenges cut across age, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation and other barriers. Men in particular can end up stoically suffering in silence. Men’s Health magazine offers a unisex slideshow on actions that result in feeling happier What is your strategy?
Well-Being Goals For Leaders And Managers
The ordinary pressures of life can have a very hard impact on some people who are already feeling vulnerable. The concepts of austerity and more-for-less are permanent features of the employment landscape now. What impact do they have on your sense of well-being?
As the Men’s Health slideshow suggests being mindful of our own mental-health needs and taking action is important within the workplace and outside of it.
Leaders and managers also have an important role to play in contributing to healthier workplace outcomes. They can create an authentic workplace culture which supports staff engagement; a sub-set of which is well-being.
As a large UK employer the Civil Service outlines their engagement strategy here for their 463,000 plus members of staff and millions of customers.
Staff in any sized organisation are more confident if they know that their bosses support their well-being as they are seen as people, not just workers. There is a relationship between confidence, resilience and productivity. Confident leaders make it possible for colleagues to have conversations about managing workplace pressures more effectively. What are your leaders doing to facilitate those conversations?
How Do You Help Others Through Their Day?
Finally, I like the idea of positively influencing others. One of my goals is to treat others as I wish to be treated myself. Being thoughtful towards others feels good. Plus, it might lighten the strain on anyone who is having a tough day. How do you help the important people in your life manage the pressures in their life?
Here are 10 quotes courtesy of Mashable related to Mr Williams. I hope you find them inspiring. Feel free to share this post, comment below and keep the discussion going @RogerD_Said
Rest in Peace Robin.