October 10th 2016 marks World Mental Health Day, and this year’s theme is psychological first aid.
An agency environment like ours can often induce stressful deadlines and the pressure to meet client expectations, therefore we take the mental health of our employees very seriously.
As a close-knit team, it is important for us to nurture and maintain good working relationships with each other and ensure that workplace morale stays consistent. Here are three ways in which we do this, in turn promoting a sense of mental wellbeing.
1. Listen to everyone
We treat all employees equally, from junior staff to the directors. Everyone is given the same opportunity to share their opinions and ideas, with no bias towards higher ranking staff members. At Three Sixty Media we have worked hard to create a culture in which we all work together for one common goal — to provide clients with the highest quality work possible.
This keeps staff motivated as they all feel equally important to the business. It also builds confidence.
2. Encourage openness
Every employee at Three Sixty Media is encouraged to speak up if they have a problem — whether work-related or personal — and support is given whenever required. We pride ourselves on being an open and understanding agency that respects the diverse range of issues that can occur in life, and always make sure to provide all individuals with any workplace solutions or adaptations they may need. We also place importance on emotional support, giving all staff the opportunity to confide in a senior manager if they are struggling to manage their workload or feeling mentally unwell.
3. Mental health awareness
Mental illness can affect anyone at any time and is often complex and distressing. Through the work we carry out to ensure a family-like bond between our staff, we are close enough to each other to notice any significant changes in behaviour or mood. Staff at Three Sixty Media work together to promote a positive agency environment where no one feels afraid of judgement, or the need to suffer in silence.