If you can think of a better name for a regular lunchtime personal welfare discussion than Wellness Wednesdays, we want to hear it.
Our first get-together to talk about wellness was inspired by Mental Health Awareness Week. We had a great conversation which inspired the blog we wrote for that, and then a few of us decided that, frankly, every week ought to be Mental Health Awareness Week. We’re not a huge team, after all. We work hard. We try to deliver every day. If one of us is affected by something — mentally, physically, socially… even financially — then it affects us all. And the answer, pretty much everywhere but especially at Clear Review, is to talk about it, get it out in the open and see what we can do to solve it.
We’re also putting a big focus on hiring at the moment. Everyone knows those stories of the companies that lost their culture as they grew, and we’re determined to keep our DNA intact and carry on listening and learning. And we took full advantage of the fact that half of the senior management had a new business pitch to go to and so had to skip out halfway through, leaving us quite free to discuss how brilliant they were without the embarrassment of making eye contact while we were doing it. Stuart, Dan… if your ears were burning, we can only hope it was in a good way.
Natasha — legendary Head of Performance and Wellbeing — gently coerced us into each nominating an area to watch to maintain that delicate wellness balance. I’ll list a few (anonymously) because I thought they were particularly awesome, but I’ll also spend one last line on a comment I rather liked on the subject of what we do well already.
We believe that we make something that genuinely makes people’s lives better. That can feel like a big responsibility but it’s also really frickin’ cool (look at this: I don’t think I ever worked on something that made people applaud before). Everyone is invested in this. We want to do the right thing in the right way. Everyone gets things wrong on occasion, but we work to fix them and we share feedback and support constructively and kindly. There’s great stuff going on here, not the least of which is a determination to make sure that it goes on being great.
Commitments to wellbeing — the fruits of the first session
Be open and don’t waste energy trying to be strong all the time.
Communicate more and build up my language skills.
Ask for more help and don’t try to do it all.