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4 Ways to Monitor Mental Health 

What is the mental health of your team? 

My mission is to transform the way you think — to transform your mindset. 

Mental health is not a destination, but a process.  It’s about how you drive, not where you’re going.”  

Yes, mental health is a spectrum – at one end one is positive and healthy, and at the other end is negative and unhealthy (e.g., deep anxiety or clinical depression). 

People will naturally move back and forth along the spectrum.  So, if you are watching your colleague’s ‘driving’ closely enough, you will probably notice when their journey is taking them in the wrong direction.    

“Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts.  It is about one life influencing another.”  John Maxwell 

I suggest that business leaders need to embrace as a responsibility the ‘checking in’ on a regular basis, the mental health of their team.   As early recognition of a trend in the wrong direction can provide the opportunity of proactively and positively changing the direction of their mental health ‘journey’. 

Developing high-performing teams is a key focus of the Leadership Acceleration Program. 

So, what type of program is the Leadership Acceleration Program (LAP)? 

It is a program that equips you to build a high-performing leadership team. 

Today, I want to share 4 areas that you can impact today. 

Let’s dive in…  

4 KEY AREAS YOU CAN IMPACT TODAY 

#1) What You Believe: I need to be continually ‘scanning’ for signs of mental health decline within my team, and regularly reflect more deeply on any possible trends. 

#2) How You Plan:  Below is a 6-step process that you can take: 

  1. Develop a list of signs to look out for.  Below is an example:
  • Emotional outbursts
  • Withdrawal from others (e.g., not socialising in the lunchroom, avoiding social events etc.) 
  • Lack of contribution during meetings 
  • Posture – looking sad or anxious 
  • Lack of exercise and weight gain 
  • Substance abuse (e.g., drinking more heavily)
  • Lack of energy and humour in general 

2. On a regular basis sit quietly with your list and reflect on your team members and ask the questions: 

  • “When was the last time I had a meaningful ‘touch point’ with them?” 
  • “How have they been performing in the recent past?” 
  • “Are there any early warning signs of a decline in mental health?” 
  • “What style or nature of ‘touch point’ do I need to have next?” 
  • “What team activity is needed in the near future to inject some energy and positivity into the team?” 

3. Develop a list of actions to take – back your instincts and be proactive. 

4. If there is a need to seek professional support, then support the staff member to seek support.   

5. Establish a contract arrangement with a provider so staff members can contact them at any time. 

6. Communicate to staff how they can seek support and encourage them to use the service at any time.   

#3) How You Communicate: Be authentically interested in the health and well-being of your team members.  Ask good questions and “seek first to understand and then to be understood.”  Listen with your eyes – as 70% of communication is visual.  

#4) Your Community: The people you spend time with shape who you are and what you do. At one end of the spectrum, you only hang out with colleagues and friends that have a ‘blind spot’ pertaining to other’s mental health, whilst at the other end of the spectrum you spend time with people who are scanning and supporting their team members to look after and maintain their mental health. 

Where can you improve? What would it take to improve? 

JOIN MY LEADERSHIP ACCELERATION PROGRAM 

If you want my teaching and coaching for developing a high-performing leadership team then join me on the Leadership Acceleration Program. 

This program is the culmination from observing, coaching, facilitating, and mentoring thousands of business owners and senior managers, and then deep diving into research to develop a unique program. 

By Glenn Taylor 

** Join me for a complimentary virtual session to learn a key concept on how to drive a high-performing team - click here to register.  

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