Mental Health at Rowan – World Mental Health Day 2021 💖

We’re all about business growth, but as a people-centric business with a very tight-knit, supportive team, we also take our ESG (Environmental, Governance and Social) responsibilities very seriously as well.

We’re proud to promote good mental health and wellbeing here at Rowan, and studies have shown that productivity is proportionally affected by good mental health.

The theme of 2021’s World Mental Health Day, which was yesterday, was ‘Mental health in an unequal world’. But World Mental Health Day is also a chance to talk about mental health in general, how we need to look after it, and how important it is to talk about things and get help if you are struggling.

Executive Search is a high-pressure, high-stakes career choice, so what does Rowan do to ensure that the team here is as happy as possible?

– Regular one-to-ones with team leaders, and a chance to discuss successes and setbacks constructively.

– Visible and accessible Directors – nobody at Rowan is ever more than a phonecall away.

– Flexibility – you’re free to manage your own time and diary as you see fit. If working from home a couple of days a week can improve your life balance then we fully support that.

– Recognition and reward for success – we share all of our successes, even small ones, and they are truly all recognised and celebrated. See our blog for some of the events we put on for our team ->

– An empathetic team – everyone here is supportive, friendly and understanding. If you’re feeling stressed, support is here and you’re able to talk to each other in full confidence.

‘Mental health’ can seem like a large and scary subject, so what small steps can you take personally, today, to improve your mental health at work?

1. Talk about it – if you’re struggling, identify a manager or colleague that you feel comfortable talking to, and open up to them about how you’re feeling.

2.  Keep active – if you work in an office all day, simply take a 20-minute walk at lunch, it can make a world of difference.

3.  Eat well – try to leave your desk for lunch, and cut down on processed food (particularly refined sugar) where possible.

4. Work-life balance – work is important, and hard work should be commended. But ensure you make time for family, relationships, hobbies etc. Does that email need answering at 9pm? Are you foregoing quality time to make that extra call? ‘Balance’ is the key.

5. Ask for help – you may access occupational health support through your line manager or HR service. Otherwise, your GP should be the first port of call.

6. Have a break. Whether it’s a five minute break, a walk during lunch, yoga after work or a few days’ annual leave, give yourself some time off.

7. Practise gratitude. Taking some time every morning to remind yourself of 5 or 6 things you are grateful for can really help improve your mindset. It can be as simple as a good night’s sleep or a cup of tea!