The Harmonious Workplace: Keeping Strategy and Reality in Tune
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We often find a mismatch in organisations between big aspirations – the vision, strategy or mission statement – and the reality of the lived experience for the workforce.
‘Cognitive dissonance’ is a way of describing the tension we feel when beliefs and behaviour aren’t in tune, and the impact this can have on our mental health and wellbeing is significant. A gap between espoused values and lived experience in the workplace can leave employees feeling isolated, helpless – and more vulnerable to mental health difficulties. It can also be a source of unease and strain for managers and leaders, raising questions about why a carefully-developed strategy isn’t landing as expected.
The good news? There’s evidence to suggest that taking action to effect change collaboratively and on behalf of others can have a positive impact on our emotional and psychological wellbeing – and on the dynamics of our organisation too.
Keeping strategy and reality in tune
In this webinar recording, we explore what your organisation can do to address or prevent this mis-match between aspirations and lived experience and, in-so-doing, create a work culture that actively promotes mental health and wellbeing for all.
Drawing on extensive theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience through their work with Add | Wellbeing, our presenters offer practical ideas and advice, while also introducing some fresh ways to think about your workplace and relationships more broadly.
After watching this webinar recording, you will:
- Understand the meaning of ‘cognitive dissonance’ in the context of the workplace, and recognise the associated mental health risks.
- Start to see your organisation as a ‘system’, where the behaviour of colleagues can be understood in the context of what’s going on elsewhere.
- Have a range of ideas for small, practical actions that can make a big difference to mental health and wellbeing in your organisation.
Whatever your role, seniority or sector, we’re confident that you’ll come away feeling better equipped to contribute to the creation of a harmonious workplace!
- Lydia Hartland-Rowe: Lydia has been combining expertise in organisational work, specialist mental health practice, and teaching and training in different sectors for over 20 years, and is the Clinical Lead for Add I Wellbeing, the Trust’s commercial offer for organisational mental health.
- Angela Bagum: Angela trained as a Mental Health Nurse, and has worked extensively across the mental health continuum. She is a visiting lecturer at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and works in Add I Wellbeing, the Trust’s commercial offer for organisational mental health.