Given Google’s health and resilience leadership, Lauren Whitt’s job is to make sure Google employees stay healthy and access mental health and wellness resources during these unstable times.
This is not a small task.
There are 10 members of global luxury and mental health teams, who work with all Google employees worldwide.
To help with switching to working from home, the company provided training and virtual lessons. It has diverted some of its notorious advantages over the Internet. Google also recently offered all employees a $ 1000 allowance to spend on equipment to help equip their workplaces at home.
CNN Business spoke to Wiet about Google’s recent wellness efforts during the epidemic. Here’s what she had to say what Google is doing to boost mental health and well-being (This interview was edited for illustration and length):
What role do managers play when it comes to the mental health of their team? What can they do to make sure their workers are okay?
We ask them to check the safety of their team, to ask about their team’s performance. We do not want our directors to be therapists, counselors, and counselors in any way in the field of mental health. We want them to check: “How is your health?” ‘how are you?’ “How is your life going now?” If there are signs or clues that something might happen, you can connect Google employees with the wealth of resources and range of services we provide.
The final thing that managers are asked to do is to intentionally lead with modeling their roles to luxury behavior.
We all have managers, and we all know that we’ll often see what our managers do before we hear what they’re asking us to do. And so we ask managers to set an example and set an example for the well-being, separation and recovery of their lives as well.
Switching from working in a spacious workspace with lots of perks to staying home all the time can be difficult. How do you help workers to adapt to their new reality?
I was very touched by Google’s popular efforts to create a community and create a lot of connection between what they were doing in the office and what they were doing at home.
When we’re on site, many offices have fitness centers, and these trainers have taken these programs and classes online and actually do them, so Googlers are still able to work from home with people who are used to working with them in the office with milk jugs and things Various crazy around the house.
We all miss the great food we had in Google Cafes and many of our café teams and chefs are starting to offer virtual lessons online – so how do we cook our classes so we can capture some of those unique and fun skills.
Tell me about Google’s decision to provide $ 1,000 to employees to equip their home offices. How important is the workspace?
The routines and habits we are used to in the office are very important for us to translate those things, set new procedures and new habits in the workspace and prepare the work that we have at home.
This is crucial for us in the long run, as well as from a healthy perspective – making sure we have the best opportunity for comfortably right chairs, eye line for observers and these kinds of opportunities as well.
Are there specific areas of wellness that you focus more on now?
We continue to invest in this concept of resilience, being able to learn how to be in the moment, face the task at hand, and focus on what you can do today?
We will continue our messages about the work environment for proper alignment of your workspace, having a chair that fits and supports your back, obtaining a work environment and the ability to alleviate some lower back pain and musculoskeletal problems.
I think we look to the future about what health and wellness will look like. How will we continue to support Googlers in their home environment and return to the work environment to ensure that movement is a priority, that sleep is our first priority, and that nutrition will remain important to Googlers, no matter where they work.
She says building resilience is important at a time like this. How do you help employees develop that?
We spent a few years really focusing on making sure that we have the resources and tools needed for Googlers to be able to focus on their mental health and get the support they need in this area.
About two years ago, we started shifting and saying, “Well, we have these tools and resources available, so what’s the next step? How do we really focus on being able to deal with stress, bounce back from adversity, and understand that we can bounce back so that we can recover from difficult challenges?”
We launched check-in procedures in the fall, calling it T.E.A. [Thoughts, Energy, Attention] check in. T.E.A. The choice is basically: Where are your thoughts, where are your energy and where are your attention? As we look at these three … Is it time to start a difficult project? is being [your energy] Low? Do you need to jump up and down? Do you want to get away? Do you need to take a nap? Where is your attention? What is the only thing you can focus on today that you can control, which you can influence, and which will give you the purpose, meaning, and optimism for the day?
What is Google doing to tackle burnout, especially now that everyone is home and their working life? Balance is harder to achieve?
One of our key messages today about fatigue is to know about recovery, the rest, the opportunity to stop things, and shift your focus to non-work-related activities. While Googlers do this, they realize that during their recovery and separation, they can return to work or return to solving this problem with an enthusiastic, renewed, and renewed perspective.
We often approach fatigue conversation in very deliberate, practical ways to get away from your computer every 90 minutes, to get outdoors, even if you just need to do push-ups, jumping, standing between meetings, moving and getting rid of them, what are these ways to be able From shifting your focus during the day and throughout the day.
Also to us, You continue to encourage Googlers to take time off and stay away from work, even though you are unable to travel in many cases, so you can invest in using vacation time as a recovery time.
Tell me about the pre-epidemic of Google Dot and what it looks like now.
Blue Dot is our peer-to-peer mental health community. We started this program several years ago as Googlers wanted an opportunity to talk about the hard stuff, but they didn’t necessarily feel it was clinical. They just wanted a peer perspective, someone who passed by, and it was there.
This collection has centered really impressive. They work virtual office hours, and we have different places on the Internet where you can actually call via video calls through Google Meet so you can talk about these things.
Although the face-to-face component of this program has changed, they’ve taken it almost through Google tools and they’re really innovating around new ideas to be able to communicate and support each other and those who want to join forward.