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Building mental fitness means strengthening three core mental muscles: the Saboteur interceptor muscle, the Self-Command Muscle, and the Sage Muscle. Developing these muscles results in an array of improvements in performance, relationships, and wellbeing.
As you build mental fitness, you learn to approach challenges and opportunities from the Sage perspective. Your Sage is your positive self. It’s the one that handles challenges with a clear and calm mind and positive emotions. Your Sage possesses five positive powers: Empathize, Explore, Innovate, Navigate, and Activate. In the workplace, the Sage Powers improve stress management, innovation, teamwork and collaboration, conflict management, influence, resilience, agility, and more.
Perhaps the better question is, which ones don’t?
The following are typical components of a comprehensive workplace wellness plan. Each example* shows how specific mental fitness skills support successful adoption.
*These are just some examples of how mental fitness attributes support workplace wellness. The reality is that the 5 Sage Powers contribute to each program’s success in some way.
Mental and emotional health have become significant concerns for many employees, especially in the aftermath of COVID-19. As a leader, you may seek solutions that provide employees access to mental and emotional health support. These solutions may include counseling and therapy services and initiatives to destigmatize mental and emotional health issues. EMPATHIZE helps employees feel connected to others as they share in these solutions. EXPLORE allows them to approach mental and emotional health topics with open minds and hearts.
As a leader, you are also shaping programs that support physical health, from fitness apps and yoga classes to healthy eating options and ergonomic workspaces. You may also be working to encourage employees to take a proactive approach to their health, with things like health screenings and access to preventive care services. ACTIVATE helps your team not only recognize these as meaningful opportunities but also to participate in them.
HR leaders who EMPATHIZE recognize the importance of work-life balance for employee wellbeing and for employees to consider the importance of their personal lives. Many of us have now seen the importance of flexible work arrangements, such as remote work, flexible schedules, and ample time off. Inviting employees to NAVIGATE this new world of work together allows you to develop and sustain the optimal plan while winning buy-in.
Financial stress can significantly impact employee wellbeing. As such, many wellness programs aim to support employees with financial education, retirement planning, and other resources to manage their finances. With shared practice in INNOVATE and EXPLORE, employees can gain confidence and self-mastery to recognize the potential value of participating in financial wellness programs.
Investing in professional wellness creates a win-win situation where employees flourish, and the organization benefits from a motivated, high-performing workforce. Mental fitness training significantly enhances professional development programs as employees learn to tap their mental fitness skills. EMPATHIZE allows employees to foster better understanding and connection with their colleagues, promoting a more supportive and collaborative work environment. EXPLORE encourages curiosity and a growth mindset, enabling employees to embrace learning opportunities and adapt to changing circumstances. INNOVATE cultivates creative problem-solving and encourages employees to solve complex problems.
Your organization’s culture significantly promotes employee wellness. A strong and positive organizational culture sets the tone for the work environment, shaping employees’ experiences, attitudes, and overall wellbeing. By supporting and nurturing organizational culture as part of a comprehensive wellness plan, you demonstrate your organization’s dedication to creating an environment where employees can thrive personally and professionally. Skills like EMPATHIZE support organizational culture programs by developing a greater sense of belonging that strengthens teamwork and collaboration. EXPLORE and INNOVATE create a continuous learning and improvement culture that encourages creative problem-solving and helps employees embrace change.
Ensuring a safe and healthy work environment is not only a legal and ethical responsibility but is also critical to ensuring the wellbeing and productivity of the workforce. A comprehensive wellness program that includes a workplace safety component protects employees from harm, minimizes the risk of accidents, and creates an atmosphere of trust and confidence. By incorporating mental fitness skills such as NAVIGATE, employees can ensure that adherence to workplace safety measures becomes part of their core values. ACTIVATE helps the team consistently implement safety measures. EMPATHIZE helps them look out for one another’s safety, including their psychological safety.
The Positive Intelligence® (PQ) Program for mental fitness systematically builds the pillars of mental fitness to create sustained improvements in performance, engagement, wellbeing, and relationships while establishing a growth mindset.
At the individual and team levels, the PQ Program helps employees incorporate mental fitness practices into their daily routines for maximum success. At the organizational level, the PQ Program acts as a foundational and integral component of a comprehensive wellness plan that your organization can expand on to meet the wellness needs of the workforce.
Are you ready to add a mental fitness program to your workplace wellness plan? Download the Comprehensive Guide to Wellness at Work to learn how.