Programmes and Communications Lead for Inclusion, Grace Masinuka, explains: “The Take 20 initiative was launched in June – about 18 weeks ago – following feedback that people were struggling to adjust to new ways of working and wrestled with anxiety and stress triggered by the lockdown.
“The talks have been led by our in-house team of mental health practitioners who use their expertise on a broad range of issues. Topics to date have included: mindfulness; gratitude during tough times; emotional regulation; breaking the cycle of negative thinking; managing worry; food and mood; constructive rest, post traumatic growth in difficult times and most recently live mindfulness and meditation exercises.”
Grace continues: “At the start of lockdown many of our staff told us that they were struggling to cope, and that wellbeing was becoming a problem. That’s why we decided to launch the Take 20 talks to help those who are feeling worried about the pandemic.”
The sessions, which take place on Wednesdays at 12 o’clock and are recorded and available to view back, have already attracted over 900 views by staff. They are run on Microsoft Teams so participants can interact anonymously if they wish.
The popularity of the talks has also seen managers encourage staff to attend and prioritise this time. Entire groups have started to watch the sessions together and another team has committed to playing the talks at the start of meetings.