Tune in: Kindness In The Workplace

May 20, 2022
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It is often said that we spend more than one third of our lives at work, so we deserve workplaces that are kind, respectful, affirming, and equipped with resources to support our mental health. That is why we are proud to share our Kindness In The Workplace research, released in partnership with Indeed, and this conversation delving a bit deeper into the report featuring Maya Smith, Born This Way Foundation executive director, Misty Gaither, global head of diversity, inclusion, and belonging at Indeed, Gohar Khan, founder of Next Admit and TikTok creator, and Keely Cat-Wells, Born This Way Foundation Advisory Board member and founder of C Talent. 

Our recent Kindness In The Workplace report shows Gen Z and young Millennials prioritize mental health at work but many employers don’t offer adequate support such as paid personal or mental health days or health care coverage inclusive of mental health care. Young people also report experiencing no change, or even less focus, on the following serious concerns since the beginning of COVID-19: physical health care, mental health care, fostering a kind workspace, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Within the report and the conversation above, you will find tangible suggestions for the role we each can play in building kinder work environments that support mental health. 

Here are some additional resources mentioned in the conversation that you can use to support mental health in your workspaces this Mental Health Awareness Month (and beyond!):

  • Learn how to be there for your family, friends, and coworkers by earning your Be There Certificate. The free, online Be There Certificate course, available in English, French, and Spanish, teaches people how to recognize when someone might be struggling, understand their role in supporting that person, and learn how to connect them to the help they need.
  • Visit or share about Find A Helpline, a global website provided to get confidential support from someone over phone, text, or webchat whenever you need. 
  • Visit PleaseStay.us to find accessible mental health resources, evidence-based self-care tips, suggestions for anchors, and a #PleaseStayPledge you can take or share promising to stay in the world.
  • Go to Channel Kindness to write and share inspiring stories of kindness, take action in support of yourself, your loved ones, and your community, and track your kindness on a global map showcasing the global kind movement we’re all building together. 

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