We’re always keeping an eye on the latest news relating to mental health and wellbeing.
Recently, there have been numerous articles about mental health ‘hubs’ popping up around the country.
The largely community-led hubs give people the chance to meet, socialise, talk and receive support they need.
They are especially vital for people who are socially isolated and may otherwise not have access to these resources.
One of the things they have in common is that they allow people to connect with others.
Connecting is one of the cornerstones of wellbeing.
Research by psychologists Ed Diener and Martin Seligman found that happier people have stronger social relationships.
Being close to others and feeling valued are fundamental human needs, so it is no surprise that they are also important at work.
Unsurprisingly,it helps to make friends with and get on with our colleagues. This will come easily for some, however many people can be shy or suffer from anxiety.
Despite this, there are some simple steps we can take to help us make connections.
Be interested – Connecting with people doesn’t always involve talking about yourself – it can be better to be interestedrather than being interesting.
Be honest – It can be tempting to put on a persona at work, where you behave how you think others want you to. It’s easier and more beneficial to let your guard down and be your true self.
Empathise – It’s only natural that people at work will go through tough times. When a colleague is in distress, make the effort to ask how they are and if you can help.
Help people – Be generous with your time and be on-hand to help. Sometimes small gestures can go a long way.
Remember names – When you remember someone’s name and use it correctly, it is respectful and shows them that they matter enough to be remembered.
Of course, connecting is only one of the ways we can improve our wellbeing at work.
To learn more about it and the others, see our Workplace Wellbeing eLearning course.