Investing in employee wellbeing

WHAT IS EMOTIONAL HEALTH?

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“It would be really useful for managers who are struggling with the culture within their team and who need to help people be more aware of their surroundings. Very well organised and delivered.” – Team member at Fossil Group
 

Emotional health includes self-esteem, self-awareness, empathy, emotional regulation and relationship skills. It encompasses key social and emotional competencies, which help us deal with challenge and stress. Having "good" emotional health has a range of positive benefits including improved relationships, reduced mental health problems and increase in well-being so teams are able to work more collaboratively, build trust and communication, and thrive under pressure.


THE PSYCHOLOGY BEHIND OUR APPROACH

Our approach to Emotional Health is a positive assets model that helps individuals and organisations to thrive. Underpinned by the latest in cognitive and affective psychology and neuroscience, our programmes have helped thousands of individuals and organisations achieve sustained change. 

Emotional Health is the result of the presence and interaction effect of seven assets:

 
 

OUTCOMES FOR YOUR STAFF AND YOUR ORGANISATION

OUTCOMES FOR STAFF

Increased motivation and productivity

Improved trust & communication between colleagues

Improved management skills

Greater creativity and innovation

Improved sense of purpose

Reduced personal stress and anxiety

Improved mental and physical health

OUTCOMES FOR ORGANISATION

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Greater engagement and motivation

Improved communications between teams

Positive organisational culture and mindset

Reduced absence due to stress and ill health 

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Reduced absenteeism and staff turnover

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Attract and retain talent

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Reduced conflict between individual and teams


WHAT IS EMOTIONAL HEALTH?

Emotional health refers to the cognitive processes and social emotional competencies that are involved in experiencing and regulating our own emotional state, recognising and responding to the emotions of others, and pursuing actions that lead to positive wellbeing and fulfilment.  

While each of the seven components of Emotional Health is essential in its own right, it is the interaction and dynamic relationship between them which regulates emotional health.  In this way, emotional health refers to a composite of emotional, psychological and social strategies and beliefs; however, evidence makes clear that emotional health is conceptually distinct from, albeit strongly related to, terms such as psychological health, emotional wellbeing and mental health. 

Akin to physical health, emotional health does not refer to a set of fixed and inherent traits. Instead, it delineates a set of skills and beliefs that are shaped and developed through experience. While our early experiences in infancy and childhood have a profound influence on our future emotional health, intentional support or intervention can facilitate the development of positive emotional health at any point throughout life. This includes support developing competencies such as self-awareness, self-regulation, self-efficacy, the formation of healthy beliefs, social awareness, communication skills, and conflict resolution techniques.  

Emotional health is founded on an assets based model, and although targeted support may be particularly necessary in some cases, we argue that strategies and approaches which support positive emotional health are universally beneficial, leading to a range of outcomes, including improved relationships, reduced mental health problems, increases in wellbeing, better life prospects etc. It is also important to note that emotional health is not about being happy and having a positive emotional wellbeing all of the time. Instead, it is about having the necessary skills to navigate challenges when they do occur, pursuing positive courses of action, preserving a stable sense of self and maintaining positive relationships.