No level of training, improved remuneration or exclusive working environment can improve the productivity of an organization whose employees are battling with mental health issues. The mistake most organizations makes is confusing mental illness with mental health issues. An average individual battles with day to day life issues where they desperately needs help and improvement, these issues if not properly resolved, will impact the level of proficiency.
Most informed and responsible employers puts programs in place to help their most valuable resources; human capital, to thrive in the workplace, and in their everyday lives.
HEAR WHAT JEROM RIBOT HAS TO SAY:
Jerom Ribot was a co-founder of ribot, he explained why his business engaged a therapist to help staff with personal challenges.
“Ribot is a services company. It sells the time of its staff so that they can research, design and build digital products for other companies,” he writes, explaining that “people are central to the success of our business.”
And almost all people, he notes, are at least a little bit crazy sometimes. Given the reality that even the highest functioning of us have some issues, and that, in many knowledge and creativity-dependent jobs, these issues impact both the quality of our work our and the satisfaction we take in it, the logical conclusion according to ribot is to hire someone to help folks work through their mental health kinks.
“To assume that each ribot can rationally leave these issues at the door and come through into the studio each day to perform the tasks required of them, to manage the natural stresses that come with having a full-time job, to think that they can separate home life from work life, well, it’s just simply misguided. It’s wrong to ask that of people. And even in the absurd situation where we were to ask, I’d be very surprised to find anyone who could do that with any degree of consistency,” he writes.
The solution? “Counselor. Therapist. Call it what you will. We’ve decided to hire one,” Ribot writes. Four days a month a therapist is on site to discuss with employees any issues that are troubling them in an entirely confidential setting. Most of the staff have taken the company up on the offer and while the benefit is new, “I just know that opening up, confronting and potentially overcoming any of the things that might be on one’s mind will do that person a wealth of good.”
And if you have a people-led business, he suspects, something similar would also benefit your company. Not because your staff is particularly crazy, but because “mental health is an issue for anyone with a brain.”
Resolving conflicting mental issues for improved productivity in the workplace, is the sole responsibility of a well trained counselor and not just anybody who is proficient only in the field of training, this is why organizations who keyed into our EMWEP has the best of results. Our own experience in corporate bodies and organizations, at senior level, enables us to take a pragmatic approach to employee wellness programmes, which have proven to be effective and beneficial. We will help you to avoid the pitfalls of stressed people and stressed organization. We will ensure you are, as far as possible, immune from action by disgruntled employees who have become emotionally unwell. We will help them and the organization to reach their full potential by building a firm foundation for emotional health.
HOW WE OPERATE
Organisations who signed up for EMWEP has our Professional Clinical Counselor visits their offices four times a month to help employee resolves their emotional issues in a professional and confidential setting for a healthy mental state of mind. A preventive approach taken to mental health has shown statistically significant positive results in a Company’s growth rate rather than reliance on curative models following through later. We help employees who needs help in the following areas of counseling:
- Loss and bereavement
- Terminal illness
- Relationship issues
- Anxiety/ Panic Attacks
- Anger and frustration
- Addictions, Bullying, harassment and abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Psychosexual issues
- Self esteem and confidence building
- Redundancy support
- Overwhelming sadness
- Sense of loss and loneliness
SPECIALIZED AREA- SEXUAL HEALTH
According to research, Conflicts in marriages in this part of the world, are mostly sex related, a subject no one wants to talk about. Meanwhile, the fact remains that, an employee with an unstable home can never perform maximally at work, no matter how much we ignore this fact. Our EMWEP program also focuses on sexual health to help couples solve their sexual issues thereby increase their workplace performance.
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