We Need to Talk More About Mental Health at Work

How To Enhance Your Well-Being When Working Remotely

Lessons from 2020: Workplace culture flows from the top

What image does the phrase ‘workplace culture’ conjure? Before COVID-19, there might have been table-tennis in the breakout room, beanbag meetings and a fridge stocked with after-work drinks.

In 2020, we discovered a different meaning of ‘culture’ that proved pivotal for many SMBs tackling the harshest business operating conditions we’ve ever experienced. This is especially true for businesses here in Melbourne, where two lockdowns bit viciously hard (not to mention the scare evoked from the recent 5 day snap lockdown).

I don’t mind saying that my business, Impress!ve Digital, survived the first brutal lockdown by the skin of our teeth. With a team of 65 spread across our head office in Melbourne, plus the Sydney, Brisbane and Austin, Texas offices, we were challenged in ways we never dreamed we would be — including losing $3m of our revenue in the first 48 hours after lockdown was announced…

We Need to Talk More About Mental Health at Work

Alyssa Mastromonaco is no stranger to tough conversations: she served as White House deputy chief of staff for operations under President Obama, was an executive at Vice and A&E, and is Senior Advisor and spokesperson at NARAL Pro-Choice America. So when Mastromonaco switched to a new antidepressant, she decided to tell her boss.

“In the twenty-first century, human capital is the most valuable resource in our economy. And though much has been done (rightly) to promote diversity at work, there’s a giant hole when it comes to understanding how temperament and sentiment play into the trajectory of success.”

Morra Aarons-Mele – Founder Women Online

“I told the CEO that I was on Zoloft and was transitioning to Wellbutrin,” Mastromonaco said. “I can react strongly to meds, so I was worried switching would shift my mood and wanted her to know why. I talked about it like it was the most normal thing in the world —it is!”

Her boss was supportive. “You got it,” she said.

When Mastromonaco goes to work, she and her mental health struggles do not part ways at the door. “You want me,” she said, “you get all of me.” Mastromonaco brings tremendous talent to her workplace — but she also brings her anxiety. The same is true for high-performing employees everywhere: one in four adults experiences mental illness each year and an estimated 18% of the US adult population have an anxiety disorder. And yet we’re loath to talk about mental health at work…

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