Enhancing Resilience, Coping and Self-Talk of Employees in Large Organisations; the development and mixed methods piloting of an online mental health and well-being toolkit.

Helen Jones, Shelley Gait, Philip Tyson*

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Abstract

Purpose
The mental health and well-being of employees is negatively impacted by stress, anxiety and depression. There is a need to address these issues at an organisational level in order to enhance workforce welfare and to decrease the number of days lost due to mental health / wellbeing concerns. This study aimed to evaluate a Mental Health and Wellbeing Toolkit designed to enhance the resilience, coping and self-talk of employees.

Methodology
The intervention was derived from counselling psychology and comprised of an eight-hour programme delivered over four consecutive weeks. A mixed methods approach was adopted, with the quantitative element assessing an intervention (n=10) and control group (n=14) at baseline and at the end of the intervention on measures of mental health and wellbeing. The qualitative aspect of the study involved interviews with the intervention group which were thematically analysed.

Findings
Quantitatively, the intervention group showed statistically significant improvements in elements of resilience and well-being and a reduction in stress and anxiety. Qualitatively, participants experienced a positive effect on their wellbeing, benefited from the learning process, applied the strategies widely and found the session experience positive.

Originality
The newly constructed Mental Health and Wellbeing Toolkit could be a useful resource to enhance the wellbeing of employees in all organisations.
Original languageEnglish
Article number04-2023-0058
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Workplace Learning
Volume00
Issue number00
Early online date23 Jan 2024
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 Jan 2024

Keywords

  • Workplace
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Resilience
  • Coping
  • Self-talk
  • Intervention
  • CBT

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