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Mental Health and Your Employees.

Mental health is just as important as physical health.

A recent report found that 73 million working days are lost each year due to stress, depression and other mental health conditions but many employers still not take mental health as seriously as physical health. Today on the Blue Glove Jobs, we are looking at why it’s so important for employers to prioritise mental health. We’ll also take a look at how to approach the subject with staff.

Mental health is important.

We’ve all had to send a member of staff home because they’ve been unwell. We’ve all answered telephone calls of ‘I’m sorry I won’t be in today, I’m really not feeling well’. We’re sympathetic, because we’ve all been there. We’ve all been physically unwell at some point in our lives. But not all of us have experienced poor mental health. Mental health is still a bit of a taboo topic. While more and more people are beginning to open up about their struggles, it’s still a topic that some try to brush under the carpet. If a member of your staff called up in the morning and said: ‘sorry, I don’t think I’ll make it in today, I’m not in a good space mentally’ – what would you say?

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It’s important for employers to prioritise mental health.

People with mental health problems often don’t open up about their problems for fear of being shunned. Many will force their way into work despite not feeling mentally well. If you’re a manager you must make the effort to prioritise emotional health, as much as you do physical health. If you don’t prioritise mental health, you could end up with staff on long-term sick leave, or staff who quit.

Spotting the signs of poor mental health in the workplace.

Mental health problems manifest differently in different people. Some of the signs to look out for may be:

  • changes in usual behaviour and mood or how they interact with colleagues
  • changes in the standard of their work or focus on tasks
  • appearing tired, anxious or withdrawn and reduced interest in tasks they previously enjoyed
  • changes in appetite and/or increase in smoking and drinking (this one can be hard to monitor)
  • increase in sickness absence and/or turning up late to work.

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How to approach the subject with your staff.

Not all your staff will struggle with their mental health, but it’s important to reassure them that they can approach you if they’re struggling. Approaching the subject can be tricky, but more often than not,  your employees will be grateful that you are concerned about their well-being. The ‘I’ll let them come to me about their problems’ approach won’t always work. Many people who struggle mentally, do not want to open up about their problems and will often hide it away. Make a point of asking your staff how they are doing during development meetings or one-to-ones. Or, if you notice any of the symptoms above, have a chat with them alone, and check how they are doing. It could be nothing, but it might be something, and we’re certain that they’ll be grateful for your help.

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Self Care – How To Weave It Into The Working Day.

Today we’re talking why self-care is not just for after work and the weekends.

Self care, most simply, is the act of looking after your own mental and physical health. It means different things to different people, and everyone practises self care differently. Today on the blog, we’re looking at how you can incorporate self care into your working day and why you should.

Go outside on your breaks.

Going outside is an instant mood booster. Fresh air is never a bad thing! If you work somewhere where you don’t leave your office all day, make an effort to go outside on your coffee breaks and on your lunch break. Alone, or with colleagues, get outside and take in some fresh air. Why not walk around the block or eat your lunch outside? This is a great idea especially in the winter months where there is less day light. Vitamin D (when the sun is out) and fresh air are natural mood boosters – what’s not to love?


Stretch often.

If your jobs requires you to sit down all day, you need to take time to stretch. Muscles that aren’t used, weaken and can seize if you’re working in a still, uncomfortable position for extended periods of time. Every time you stand up to get away from your desk, stretch out your muscles. Being continuously uncomfortable can lead to strain injuries. Do your muscles a favour and make sure to keep moving and keep stretching!

Practice self care at work by eating well.

Eating well is the simplest form of self care. It can be hard to eat well at work. Maybe your boss has ordered in Pizza for everyone on a Friday, or someone has brought in home baking. Maybe clients have dropped in chocolates as a thank you. It can be so tempting! Make sure to balance the treats with healthy meals at work. We don’t want you to hit the 3pm sugar slump. A body that has proper nourishment from good healthy foods is more productive and can concentrate better.

Make your working environment as comfortable as possible.

There is nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable at work. If you need a new desk or a new chair, ask. Do you think you would prefer a standing work station? ask for that too. If you work somewhere that is too dark, too bright, too warm or too cold, it can only make your job much harder. Ask if you can move your desk. It’s also a nice idea to make your working environment an extension of you, give it a personal touch. Decorate it if you are allowed to. Add pictures, a reed diffuser or stationary that you enjoy using. Make sure your desk stays clean and tidy too – tidy workspace, tidy mind.


Stop isolating yourself.

Sometimes all we need is a pal. Isolation makes us feel lonely. Stop going and grabbing your  tea or coffee alone. Why not go to the staff room for a coffee break with a colleague. Have a chat for 10 minutes about non-work related things, get away from your desk. We can get so used to sitting alone that we can finish our working day without barely speaking to anybody. It becomes such a habit that we don’t even realise! Chatting to others is a mood booster, and it’s also a nice way to

Self-care isn’t just for afterwork and weekends. We need to make sure we are looking after our bodies while we’re at work too. After all, we spend most of our time there! Do you practice any self-care at work? What are your favourite things to do to ensure mind and body wellness at work? Let us know!

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4 Things You Should Do Before You Leave Work Today For A Better Tomorrow

Bad day at work?

It happens to the best of us. As much as we’d always love to have a good day at work, it’s not always the case. Sadly, a bad day can leave us feeling defeated, overwhelmed and a bit down.  So today, we’re firing right into our blog post. We want to share with you FOUR things you should do everyday before you leave work today for a better tomorrow. Let’s get started!

Be Honest with yourself.

Are you the cause of your bad day? Could you have handled something better? Maybe you’ve performed really well today and completed all your tasks. Regardless of how your day has went, be honest with yourself. To have a better tomorrow, acknowledge how your day has gone. What did you do well and where could you improve? Figure that out. Try and improve on yourself tomorrow and keep doing the things you do well!

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Iron out any concerns.

Maybe you had a disagreement with another colleague or a superior. If it’s playing on your mind, speak with them. If you don’t, it’ll most likely play on your mind after you’ve left work. It’s always good to be the bigger person and to clear your conscience. Iron out any concerns so you’re not carrying them around on your shoulders into a new day.

Tidy workspace = tidy mind.

No matter what your work environment looks like, a tidy workspace = a tidy mind. Whizz round at the end of the day and give it a tidy. Put everything in it’s place, take any dishes back to the kitchen, empty the bin, tidy away your papers. A messy workspace can be overwhelming and distracting. Keep on top of it to keep on top of your tasks.

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For a Better Tomorrow, Plan Tomorrow Today.

The very last thing you should do everyday in work is plan your tomorrow. Grab a notebook, a pen and jot down a list. Write down any left over tasks from today and then add in all your tasks for the following day. That way, when you come in in the morning you can get straight down to business. You know what’s facing you before you even come in. You’re prepared ahead of time. It also saves you 10 minutes in the morning trying to figure out what you need to do that day.


Are you going to try these four things out to see if you’ll have a better day tomorrow? We hope so! Let us know how it goes!

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The Signs That Prove You Are Over-Worked

How can you spot someone who is working too hard?

You’d think it’d be easy to spot someone who is over-worked. We often imagine that over worked people would have dark, dark under eyes, with cocktail sticks holding their eyes open. We picture them living off of strong black coffees, never taking a break and being the first to arrive in the morning and the last to leave at night.

In reality, that’s not the case. Just because you aren’t showing the stereotypical signs of tiredness doesn’t mean you’re not over worked! Today on the blog, we’re talking spotting the signs of being worn out, and what you can do about them!


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You cannot switch off from ‘work-mode’ no matter how you try.

You might be going home at night from work, but you aren’t able to switch off. Your mind is always thinking about e-mails and phone calls. You might even take work home with you to get a head start on the next day or to finish off tasks from the day before. Finding it hard to switch off from work mode is a sign that you’re overworked. This is a clear sign that you are overwhelmed and feel pressured by your job to try and stay on top of things, even out of hours.

You’re not your usual, happy self.

Overworked? Yeah, your workmates can tell, because you snap at the tiniest things, or don’t laugh along with the team. You prefer to work over your lunch hour and prefer to sit alone. Being overworked is taking hold of your energy levels. You feel sluggish and therefore act sluggish. Your bright peppy, usual self has been taken hostage by mountains of work. This is a sure fire way to recognise someone who is overworked.

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Your To-Do List has never been empty.

When was the last time your to-do list had nothing on it? If you can’t remember, you probably fit in to the over-worked category. If you know that you can’t manage an extra job, don’t say yes to it. Simply, if you feel like you’ll never catch up, you’ve already got too much on your plate.

You’re physically and mentally unwell.

Working too hard can take a serious toll on your health. Not only do you feel tired, your muscles can become sore and your body may ache, despite not having an ‘injury’ as such.  Your skin can become dull or you may suffer from break outs. You might gain or lose weight, have a massive appetite and comfort eat, or have no appetite and barely eat at all.  More importantly, if you’re losing interest in everything, that is a sign that you’ve been worked too hard.

What can I do?

Know when you’re being over-worked and take action. If other people tell you you’re over-worked, listen to them. If you feel too pressurised at work, speak to someone who can help you whether that be a friend at work or a manager. The more your work consumes you, the more likely you are to burn out and need time off, or worse, feel like you should quit. Finally, always remember to put yourself and your health first.


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