Chat through the No Stress M8 meeting process with your workm8tes.
It's best to talk about it first.
Face-to-face communication is preferred, but be sure to follow-up with written communication via email, a noticeboard or similar to make sure everyone gets the same information.
Example leader talking points to lay the groundwork
“Senior leadership has made a commitment to focus on creating a stress-free and safe workplace.
Obviously, COVID has made things tougher for all of us. Many of us have more worry and responsibility at home and going out to enjoy the things we used to do to blow off some steam is more difficult.
You should be going home from work satisfied of a job well done, but not irritated or so tired that you do not have the energy to do the things you enjoy.
There is enough stress in our lives.
We want to reduce workplace stress. Going forward, at each toolbox meeting [insert name of regular team meeting] we will have an agenda item where we can check-in and share what at work is impacting our wellbeing and stress levels – both the good and the bad. It is not meant to have a huge impact on our time – just a quick shout out on issues that we can then follow-up on and resolve.
If you don’t feel comfortable raising it in a group, then you can raise it confidentially with myself or [insert name] and [insert name] (provide two different contacts and methods of raising an issue).
It’s important that we recognise the good things – this could be changes to processes that have worked, recent achievements or milestones, delivery of a project, solving a problem, celebrating a personal milestone, or a shout-out to a mate who went above and beyond.
But it’s also important we acknowledge opportunities for improvement. For example, this could include anything from me dragging meetings on too long, last minute deadlines, issues with the production line quality, broken equipment, thin bog roll, to disrespectful behaviour and poor air temperature.
We want to address the causes of workplace stress and also celebrate what is working to combat it. Management is committed to doing this, and we are going to review the process in three months to see how it is going.
What questions do you have?"
Important: remember to remind your workers of your workplace’s mental health support information, and that if they are struggling they can contact HR and make an appointment with their GP.
Are you or a M8 going through a tough time?
To speak with someone immediately, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or
Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.
If you're ever worried that someone's life is in immediate danger, call 000 or go directly to emergency services.
Make a commitment & keep wellbeing on the agenda
Now you have laid the groundwork - use the agenda guide and action register to keep wellbeing on the agenda and track your actions towards creating a stress-free, safe and productive team.