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The Importance of Mental Health in The Workplace

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Mental health is something that everyone has. It is the way we think, feel and also our ability to deal with ups and downs in our lives. It is just the same as physical health in that we need to keep ourselves fit and seek appropriate help as early as possible in case of any problem. Your mental health can fluctuate with changes in circumstances and as you move through different phases in your life.

Therefore, it is important that we all take the necessary steps to improve it and build resilience through self-care.

Mental health at work

For many people, work forms a large part of their lives. That adults spend roughly one-third of their lives at work is a fact. During this time, it is very likely that they experience a spectrum of mental and physical health.

According to the World Health Organization, more than 300 million people globally suffer from depression and many of these are also suffering from symptoms of anxiety. While work is considered good for mental health, a negative working environment may lead to mental and physical health problems.

WHO notes that harassment and bullying at the workplace are commonly reported causes of work-related stress that can have a substantial adverse impact on mental health.

Statistics

Although it can often be a taboo topic, especially at work, employees seem to want their employer to champion mental health and well-being. In a survey carried out on office workers in July 2018 by Peldon Rose:

  • 72% of employees want employers to champion mental health and well-being.
  • Nearly three-quarters of workers say they want their employers to champion mental health and well-being in the workplace. This is rated as more important than equality (48%), sustainability (38%) and diversity (31%).
  • This is the case for all generations, who prioritize mental health and well-being above all other causes – Gen Z (76%), Millennials (73%), Gen X (75%), Baby Boomer (56%).

Risk factors

Many workplaces present a number of risk factors for mental health. Most of these relate to the support available for employees to work, the skills and competencies of employees, and the interactions between type of work, the organization, and the managerial environment. These risks as listed by WHO include:

  • Low levels of support for employees
  • Poor communication and management practices
  • Inflexible working hours
  • Inadequate health and safety policies
  • Unclear tasks or organizational objectives
  • Limited participation in decision-making or low control over one’s area of work

Warning signs

The Shaw Mind Foundation, which is a supporter of mental health in the workplace, lists some behavioral changes that may be warning signs for employers to look out for in their employees:

  • Unexpected and sudden changes in mood
  • A decrease in work rate, missing deadlines, and deliverables
  • Inability to focus
  • Anxious and fidgety behavior
  • A sudden reduction in the quality of work produced
  • Repetitive questions

While the above behaviors may point to someone struggling with their mental health, they can also be signs that they are dealing with other issues. Therefore, it is important to have an honest conversation with an employee with respect to their privacy boundaries to avoid wrong assumptions.

Supporting mental health at work

In lieu of this information, there are changes that organizations and businesses can implement to support mental health and well-being at work. Here are some suggestions from the foundation for employers:

  • Provide support services and staff members that are trained to deal with in mental health and workplace stress. Make sure employees are aware of the availability of this support
  • Enforce working hours. This can be done by limiting out-of-hours work and out-of-hours email access
  • Set attainable deadlines and spread workloads equally and fairly across teams
  • Promote healthy eating and regular exercise
  • Where possible, avoid isolated work. If they are working from home, make sure to check in regularly

Conclusion

It is very important for organizations to ensure their employees are educated about mental health to avoid cases of mental breakdowns, reduce suicide risk and prevent burnout. Companies need to effort to invest in their employees’ mental health to establish a positive work environment where people will want to work.

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Optiven Group is Hiring an IT Support Technician and two More Positions, Here’s the Details

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It’s that time of the year — and it’s a good one if you dream of getting into the real estate industry in a reputable organisation. Optiven Group just announced some dream job openings that would be ideal for you. Applications are open till October 31st 2019. But don’t delay: The opportunities won’t be around for long.

1.    IT Support Technician

The purpose of the position holder will be to provide technical support, troubleshooting and assistance to IT and related systems with technical, hardware, and software system problems such us but not limited to connection problems, inabilities to access data, slow performance, and inefficient programs.

Key requirements for this job include a Proven work experience as a Technical Support Engineer, IT Help Desk Technician or similar role. Good understanding of computer systems, mobile devices and other tech products is also a key requirement.

More details on this position including details on how to apply can be found here.

2.    Software Development Officer

Job Purpose: To design, develop and install software solutions that drive its automation agenda to the next level. Passionate and self-driven individuals are invited to make their applications.

Key Requirements: Proven experience as a Software Developer, at least 2 year working experience. Knowledge of coding language (e.g. python, Java, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, XML, php) and Database frameworks oracle, MySQL.

More details on this position including details on how to apply can be found here.

3.    Foundation Coordinator/Resource Mobilizer

Key Accountabilities: Developing, implementing and monitoring fundraising strategies that includes yearly targets to meet the costs of the current and future programs.

Key Requirements: A bachelor’s degree in Sociology, Social Sciences or Community Development. Preferably to have worked in an NGO or any other charitable organization

More details on this position including details on how to apply can be found here.

About Optiven Group

As a multiple award-winning property development pacesetter in East Africa, Optiven Group has over 20 years’ experience in the real estate market. Alongside its head office in the capital, the company also has offices in South Africa as well as satellite branches in the US and Europe.

Besides its real estate activities, the company operates strategic business units (subsidiaries) in construction, agribusiness, hospitality and insurance.

The group is also active in corporate philanthropy through the Optiven Foundation which provides scholarships, food donations and homes for the less fortunate members of society.

Optiven Group does not charge any fees for job applications. For inquiries visit their head office at Barclay’s Plaza, 14th Floor or call 0790 300300

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15 Highly Inspiring Quotes from George Wachiuri That Will Make You Think Differently

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As the captain to one of the most ambitious companies in Africa, George Wachiuri is a man admired by many – not because of his success over the years but also for his service to the community and warm personality.

To start with, this man is pretty much unstoppable, his journey took off by losing a Sh 5M worth of lifetime savings through a deal gone sour. But that did not stop him from heading to the future – he soldiered on to build and position Optiven Group as a reading real estate brand in east Africa before diversifying into hospitality, construction, agribusiness and insurance.

But perhaps the greatest thing Mr. Wachiuri has ever done is inspire others to be their best selves. He can also make miracles happen, too. In fact, if it weren’t for him, most entrepreneurs in Kenya including myself could still be struggling in our businesses. Here’s how some of his 15 most inspirational quotes can transform your life;

  1. No one should ever give up. Learn to focus on your vision, trust in God, be self-disciplined, network relentlessly, be passionate about your undertakings, work smart and hire people who are smarter than you.
  2. I ventured into business thinking it would be easy, I failed 15 times before things started working out. When you fail dust yourself off and rise up, it is a lesson.
  3. Always be in peace with each other, do good and help those that are disadvantaged in life. If you cannot help many, just help one.
  4. It takes many hands to make light work, but more importantly, it takes one step at a time to complete the journey of 1000 miles.
  5. Keep telling yourself good and positive things. Keep mining the best attributes out of yourself. I am a great person, I am the best that there is, I am a winner, I am extremely handsome, I am amazingly beautiful. Ultimately, you will condition your brain to think and act with this kind of positivity. And when success comes as a result of this positive attitude, take time to celebrate, however minimal this success seems.
  6. One thing I have discovered about life is that the best age to be is 45 to 55 years as you are able to skillfully take calculated risks.
  7. Awards are given out as a reward to those who have a positive impact on their communities and the country or region they operate.
  8. Service to humanity and leadership to humanity is a humble calling
  9. It is an effort and requirement for all of us to reach out to the youth through mentorship. This way, we empower them to leave a tangible mark wherever they go and make society a better place.
  10. If all your friends are always affirming you, you will end up living in a comfort zone.
  11. Take a risk and explore new things, new targets, smile differently, work differently. People who don’t change become salty.
  12. The worst thing that you can ever do is to yourself is to compare yourself with another person. You have to always remember that you are the only version of yourself in the whole world.
  13. It is wise to avoid unnecessary competition with your peers, with your colleagues, with your family members. You better learn to compete with only one person in life – yourself.
  14. Never allow people to define you or your capacity. Be assertive and learn to go for what you want in life without seeking the approval of everyone around you. Have a total control of your life and break the chains of unrealistic societal expectations that will always turn into a frustrating mirage chase.
  15. There is joy in diversity. Life could be very boring if we were all looking the same, talking the same language or belonging to the same religion. Learn to accommodate other people.

Which of the quotes above inspired you most? Comment below,

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CEO Dennis Muilenburg Stripped Off Boeing’s Chairman Title as Company Separates Roles

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Boeing’s Board has removed CEO Dennis Muilenburg’s title as chairman in an unexpected strategy shift as announced by the U.S. plane maker on Friday.

The latest step which the board has taken in recent weeks to improve executive oversight of its engineering ranks and industrial operations was separating the roles which would pave way for Muilenburg to have ‘maximum focus’ on steering Boeing’s daily operations.

In an announcement on Friday afternoon, Boeing said that lead Director David Calhoun, a senior managing director at Blackstone Group, will take over as non-executive chairman. The announcement expressed the Board’s confidence in Muilenburg, who would remain on the board and retain the top job.

“The board has full confidence in Dennis as CEO and believes this division of labor will enable maximum focus on running the business with the board playing an active oversight role,” Calhoun said in the statement.

This decision was brought forth as company has been striving to put its best selling 737 MAX back in service after the safety ban which had been issued worldwide in March after two crashes which left 346 people dead in Indonesia and Ethiopia. The decision has also been partly brought forth after Muilenburg survived a split in his roles as CEO and chairman, a motion which had been put forth by shareholders six months ago. This is part of the very intense pressure he has felt in the four years which he has been working at the helm of the world’s largest plane maker.

Boeing and U.S. regulators were criticized over certification of the plane earlier on Friday by an international aviation panel. It was revealed by an internal review that the company was looking to re-organize its engineering reporting lines company-wide and ensure higher ranking officials and also achieves the increase at which the reception of feedback concerning safety issues from the lower levels of the company. Weekly reports of potential safety issues discussed in meetings of rank and file engineers were taken to Muilenburg as part of the move too.

Muilenburg is required to testify before U.S. House panel on 30th October and questions have been raised by lawmakers about 737 MAX certification. More than 100 lawsuits are also being held against the company concerning the crashes alleging flaws in the design.

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