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How are you going; really?

More specifically; how is your mental health?

Working from home; working alone; working in an unsuitable environment; and working in a tough market are each a challenge. If you are based in Victoria, as I am, you are also dealing with not being able to have face-to-face contact with any of your family or friends (and it has been that way for eleven weeks).

Combine all of these individual challenges and you are in territory truly deserving of the ‘unprecedented’ label. The like of which you are dealing with for the first time in your life.

If mental health wasn’t already an issue for workplaces before 2020, it certainly is now, thanks to the many changes that COVID-19 has wrought on our everyday life.

Mental health was not a term used by anybody in the recruitment industry when I was on a desk. You just sucked it up and got on with it. Those that didn’t cope left the industry. Back in the day here was no EAP (Employee Assistance Program) to contact.

These days it is significantly different; and that’s a very positive change.

Last year I wrote about my darkest time as a recruiter. At the time I didn’t recognise that there was anything seriously amiss with me.

Amongst the turmoil of the COVO-induced recession, the financial necessity of a business’s survival is naturally front-of-mind for all business owners. The smartest owners and leaders are also closely monitoring their employees’ mental health as they know that their business’s capacity to grow in the recovery is directly aligned with their employees’ overall well-being.

Queensland recruiter, Sarah-Jane Clark has joined a community of other recruiters as a Mental Health Champion and Advocate, based locally and in the UK, who are committed to removing discrimination and normalising conversations and action around mental health in the industry.

Other Australians involved include Katie Maycock, Robyn Mew, and Pete Watson.

This community is a part of the organisation, Mental Health in Recruitment, established under three months ago, whose

“…. ambition is to remove discrimination and normalise conversations and action around mental health in the industry. 

Giving leaders education, understanding and solutions 

Giving those that suffer a space and voice to create a better understanding”

On their website you’ll find Mental Health In Recruitment – The Podcast, hosted by MHIR founder, Rhonda D’Ambrosio, as well as a resources page

The most important current project of MHIR is to maximise the response to their global Mental Health in Recruitment survey. You are not required to provide your name or contact details. This survey is completely anonymous in order to encourage complete honesty regarding what is a sensitive topic.

To understand more as to the way in which the survey data will be used please read Rhonda D’Ambrosios’s blog post announcing the launch of the survey.

I encourage you to complete the brief (circa 5 minutes) survey as Sarah-Jane is especially keen to increase the number of Australian-based respondents to ensure a large and valid sample size.

Over 5,000 recruiters around the globe have already completed the survey and it would send a fantastic message from this part of the world if we could have over 1,000 respondents from Australia and New Zealand.

The survey closes next Thursday, 1 October.

You can access the survey here.

Thank you for being interested in playing your part to elevate the conversation about mental health within the recruitment industry.

 

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