The power of small: One conversation can make big waves

04 February, 2021

Today marks Time To Talk Day – a national day that encourages the nation to talk about mental health. The national campaign theme this year is ‘The Power of Small’, which recognises that even a small conversation about mental health has the power to make a big difference.

In line with this, our senior management team has been continuing its work to keep our staff connected and supported as the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown continue.

Speaking about the latest of these initiatives, managing partner Duncan Green said: “As a company working in the built environment, we often talk about mental health specifically within our own industry and the challenges that come with it. However, Time to Talk Day is an important national initiative that goes beyond the boundaries of working sector, age, gender, or any other identifying factor.

“Almost a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, and at a time when many people around the country are facing ongoing frustrations and challenges as a result of Lockdown 3.0, it has never been more important to foster connection wherever we can.

“This is something we are encouraging our staff to re-create as much as possible through our Call a Colleague initiative, in which we’re making sure that everyone is taking the time out to spend time talking with other colleagues about what is going on in their lives. Due to having to work remotely, it is naturally harder to have the impromptu, general conversation that comes out of bumping into someone as you go about your day when office based – which can often lead to the lightest moments of your day.

“We are continuing to provide support via our People Hub, ensuring that our personnel have the tools and information they need to tackle any issues they may be facing – whether these are work-related or personal. For example, one recent additional is an advice guide on how to avoid the various COVID-19 related scams that have arisen out of the pandemic.

“We also had a number of additional staff complete their Mental Health First Aid training in December, which widens the net of support for our whole staff base. It has been great to see the pick-up of staff undertaking this training and putting themselves forward to help provide that all important support across the board.

“It goes without saying that we are so thankful to our staff for their dedication and hard work throughout such an unusual year for us all – we are very proud of the way people have managed themselves and have really come together to look out for each other. We hope that in due course this organic, face-to-face connection with our colleagues will be an everyday occurrence – but for now we’re doing everything we can to bring that ‘normal life’ feel back into our days.”

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