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In an effort to destigmatize mental health in the workplace, Ogury has spent the last two years raising awareness around common mental health problems to our internal audience.
Everyone’s mental health is impacted, whether directly or indirectly, at some point in our lives. In fact, 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem of some kind each year. We recognize that, and we want to be part of the conversation. That’s why it’s important to us that Ogurians have access to the right resources and tools to reach out for help when needed.
This year, although Mental Health Awareness Week took place from May 9th-15th, we extended the initiative throughout the whole month. Our goal was to help educate Ogurians on the topic, encourage them to share and listen to each other’s experiences, and get them involved in raising funds for the Mental Health Foundation.
We kicked off our campaign with the introduction of a new mental well-being resource called Plumm. By introducing Plumm to the global team, we fueled the ongoing discussion around the importance of prioritizing mental health so individuals can thrive both within and outside the workplace.
Through Plumm, employees have access to 1:1 video and chat therapy sessions with accredited therapists, unlimited access to a growing library of therapist-led psycho-educational digital courses, guided meditations and soundscapes, and the opportunity to attend live virtual workshops.
With green being the color of Mental Health Awareness, we also asked Ogurians to get involved by wearing something green and sharing a photo of themselves on our internal social media platform. In a wonderful show of support, we had 65 participants, and managed to raise £650 for the Mental Health Foundation in just one week.
Panel Discussion on Imposter Syndrome
Our Women Of Ogury (WOO) chapter hosted its first global panel discussion on Imposter Syndrome – an internal experience or psychological occurrence that is directly linked to mental health. While Imposter Syndrome touches all populations, it is particularly prevalent among women in the workplace. Over 100 people attended the panel discussion, and the WOO group created such a safe environment that many felt comfortable enough to share their own struggles with Impostor Syndrome. This conversation generated invaluable insights into how as a business, we can better support Ogurians in these areas.
Locally organized events
At Ogury, we believe it is crucial to give back to our community. Therefore, while we asked employees to partake in our global campaign, we also organized local events to take care of our team. Thanks to our Office Managers, we offered Ogurians moments of self-care at their offices, including massage sessions, dietician visits and workouts. A happy body starts with a happy mind!
The road ahead
Mental health is a priority at Ogury, even more so since the pandemic. Healthy employees mean involved and successful employees, and the launch of Plumm was a milestone in our promise to support each team member throughout their journey at Ogury.
Beyond that, we are committed to continuing the conversations around mental health in and out of the workplace through discussions and Employee Resource Groups. Mental health is everyone’s business, so we want to continue educating on and giving visibility to this topic to build an increasingly safer space for Ogurians to share their thoughts and experiences. We believe that in doing so, we will unlock more opportunities to drive change and continue building a business that employees feel confident and proud to be a part of.