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WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY HOW ENTREPRENEURS CAN HELP THEIR EMPLOYEES Stress and challenge are always important if one is to grow oneself physically, emotionally or intellectually and so it is important that workplaces offer challenge, and opportunity without this being excessively stressful. If this delicate balance can be achieved, individuals have their mental health promoted through their ability to fulfil life tasks and enjoy their work. Organisations need to think about how to develop a culture that promotes mental health, rather than simply identifying those who are vulnerable, and avoiding the risks associated with highpressure environments Dr David Cliff, managing director of Gedanken and former psychiatric social worker We should be focusing on designing policies that focus on workplace factors that may negatively affect mental wellbeing, policies of prevention rather than treatment. This could be anything from: • • •

Giving employees information to increase their awareness of mental wellbeing, Offering them flexible working arrangements that promote their wellbeing. Establishing a good two-way relationship so that they feel comfortable coming to you for any issues.

Shaun Bradley, people director at Perkbox

WHAT THE ENTREPRENEURS SAY Being an entrepreneur is incredibly difficult and stressful, but no-one talks about the impact on your mental health.

32%

Anonymous survey respondent

HAVE REGULAR ONE-TO-ONE MEETINGS WITH THEIR TEAM TO MONITOR THEIR WELLBEING

51 % OF ENTREPRENEURS TRY TO CREATE A RELAXED WORKING ENVIRONMENT FOR THEIR TEAM

If I’m not mentally fit enough to run the business, we will have no business. Anonymous survey respondent The moment we neglect ourselves and our own health in general, our employees suffer. Anonymous survey respondent thank you to all the entrepreneurs who took time out of their busy schedules to answer the questions in our survey. If you found the above statistics interesting, please visit our website for the report in full. www.greatbritishentrepreneurawards.com 52

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Great British Entrepreneurs Magazine (Spring 2018)  

This magazine brings incredible stories together in one place, helping to shine a spotlight on some of the biggest issues facing entrepreneu...

Great British Entrepreneurs Magazine (Spring 2018)  

This magazine brings incredible stories together in one place, helping to shine a spotlight on some of the biggest issues facing entrepreneu...

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