Connecting with your staff on R U OK Day can seem like a daunting task. You might not be sure how to best approach the situation, or how to encourage conversations around mental health and wellbeing. R U OK Day provides the perfect opportunity to check-in with your teams, connect with them and ask them how they are going.
Now so more than ever are these moments of connection and conversations important. Just because we are socially distancing, does not mean we have to remain distant. As 2020 has brought with it many unprecedented experiences, mental health struggles have seen a rise, even for those who have not previously experienced bouts of mental illness.
Whilst R U OK Day falls on September 10th, take the time to always check-in with staff and take action when you believe anyone in your team is showing signs of struggling, not just on R U OK Day.
R U OK Day is a great initial way to start the conversation and ask the important question: R U OK?
Sending a surprise pack to your employee’s homes can be the perfect way to spread some joy. This year, Order-In have crafted two packages you can send directly to your staff’s homes.
One is a pre-made box of cookies, with yellow icing and motivational quotes. These are great to enjoy on a zoom call together, while you start the R U OK conversation.
The next is a box of 6 pre-made cookies, that comes with 3 fondant icing colours; yellow, black and red, for a DIY emoji cookie experience. Your team can get their craft on and create a set of cookies that best describes how they are feeling. This DIY box would be the perfect addition to your next team meeting, allowing everyone to share their emoji cookie creations.
Check out both solutions here for national delivery.
If your staff have returned to the office, why not acknowledge the day with a classic morning tea. Single-serve morning tea boxes offer the perfect solution and offer a yummy sweet and savoury mix. They may be individual serves, but the experience is built to be shared over a cup of tea or coffee, as a great conversation starter. Check out these suppliers below:
NSW: Vanilla Blue, Food Geek
QLD: Entice Me
SA: South Terrace, Cafe 228
VIC: Brisk Catering
Cupcakes are an R U OK Day classic. Yellow cupcakes are a bright and sunny addition to the office and perfect to share with your team. Add them to your 1on1 management meetings for not only a sweet treat but as a way to check-in.
Check out these suppliers for your office:
Whether you are all together in the office or working from home, treating your team to a healthy and nutritious lunch can be a great way to show appreciation. All individually packed, each person will get their own meal you can eat together as a team. Sometimes, showing your employees a sense of community and fostering positivity in your workplace can be the best action to take.
If you're interested in recurring staff lunches, let us know here!
Not sure how to best start the conversation? Here are some ideas:
If you're after a specific solution for your team get in touch with our catering consultant superstars! We are always more than happy to find your perfect solution.
For more resources on how to best support your staff please check out the R U OK Day website.