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Mental Fitness

How to Champion Employee Wellbeing and Productivity at Work

Champion employee happiness in your workplace

Published May 12, 2023
by Positive Intelligence

The odds are stacked against most employee wellbeing programs. And there’s a critical gap to overcome between intention, strategy, and success.

According to a Gallup poll, only 24% of employees at organizations offering wellness programs actually participate in them.

Solving the mental health crisis at work is a tall order by any standard — especially given the odds facing even the most well-intended and highly-funded employee wellness programs.

The e-book, Your Employees Are Not Okay: The Current Impact of Poor Mental Health in the Workplace, sheds light on what’s behind the current mental health crisis and what your team can do to improve wellbeing across a diverse workforce.

Improve employee wellbeing with mental fitness training

There’s no question that long-term, systemic changes are needed in many sectors to reduce the mental burden on workers in this post-pandemic world. But plenty can be done at the root level with individuals and teams to help mitigate stress, prevent burnout, and protect employees’ mental wellbeing.

Organizations with wellness programs and other change initiatives in place today can improve aspects of employee wellbeing. Still, these approaches often don’t address the root causes of stress, anxiety, and conflict — or create long-term change. Mental fitness training can help. A neuroscience-based approach to mental fitness training enables individuals and teams to intercept sabotaging thought patterns and generate a positive mindset. Here’s how:

  • Mental fitness training treats root causes, not symptoms. We all have voices in our minds that generate negative emotions and thought patterns — these are called Saboteurs. To overcome negative patterns, we must treat the underlying motivation, not just the symptoms. The Positive Intelligence® (PQ) Program for mental fitness training helps individuals and teams to identify their Saboteurs and expose the Sabotuers’ lies and limiting beliefs. With this knowledge, team members can work together to activate and nurture a growth mindset that leads to better performance and wellbeing.
  • Mental fitness training rewires the brain through easy but impactful exercises. Bad habits live in our minds in the form of neural pathways. No book, two-day workshop, or coaching sessions can not build enough mental strength to counter negative neural pathways. The PQ Program provides powerful insight and generates new mental muscles in six weeks.
  • Mental fitness training unites people around a common platform and language. Repetition is critical to mastering any new pursuit — including mental fitness. The problem in most organizations is that efforts are being spread in too many directions. So we end up chasing the seven habits of effective people, the six ways to sell better, the five steps to greater happiness, and the three ways to reduce stress — and therefore lack a common language or framework that can unify these efforts. But organizations can develop a shared language and understanding when programs start everyone at the same place. This purposeful alignment feeds buy-in and helps nurture a culture of mutual accountability.

Case study: How one company sparked a mental fitness movement

For many organizations, COVID-19 cast a hard light on employee wellbeing — and the need for more dedicated mental fitness support. One Fortune 100 tech firm seized the opportunity to improve individual wellbeing and, in turn, foster better relationships and performance across its global workforce.

Having experimented with a range of wellbeing-related programs in the past — from sleep programs to nutrition and wellness apps — the leadership team knew they would need a more effective, science-based approach to break down the stigma about mental wellness and achieve lasting positive change.

Enter Positive Intelligence’s PQ-Powered Teams Program. More than 3,000 employees in more than 50 countries participated in the program. The results:

  • 97% of participants have strengthened their emotional intelligence
  • 93% of participants say they manage stress better
  • 70% of participants feel more engaged at work

Today, the tech firm’s commitment to mental health is clear and ongoing. By increasing individual wellbeing, the company is destigmatizing mental health care while helping foster better relationships and performance. Employees are demonstrating higher levels of engagement, resolution, and innovation and using shared language, making it easier and more enjoyable to get to the heart of the matter.

Increase mental fitness and create lasting change

Most attempts at positive change fail because individuals and teams stop at insight. They don’t recognize the power of establishing new behaviors incrementally over time. To create a more positive mind, you must create a consistent daily practice that builds neural pathways and forms mental habits. And that’s what the PQ Program empowers you and your team to do.

The e-book, Your Employees Are Not Okay: The Current Impact of Poor Mental Health in the Workplace, shines a light on what’s behind the current crisis and what your team can do to improve mental fitness across a diverse workforce.

To learn more about the state of mental health in the workplace, download the free e-book.

The Secret to DEIA Success

Unconscious bias often hinders the aims of well-intentioned DEIA initiatives. Mental fitness training can create a mindset and culture shift that supports DEIA success.

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Discover Your Saboteurs

You can’t defeat an adversary that you don’t see or one that successfully pretends to be your friend. The first step to conquering your Saboteurs is to identify them and expose their lies and limiting beliefs.

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