Wellness In Dialog • The Toy Guide

Mental health is a vital a part of all of our lives. And but, it’s typically neglected as an important part in an worker’s well-being within the office. 

Fortunately, many firms are starting to acknowledge the significance of psychological well being. Some have even taken steps to deal with it by implementing worker wellness applications, providing psychological well being advantages, or selling a tradition of help round psychological well being. However there may be nonetheless work to be carried out. 

On this interview, two Women in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment (WiT) members — Lindsey Berger, Director of New Enterprise Improvement at License 2 Play Toys and Dr. Erica Gergely (pictured prime), a Licensed Medical Psychologist and the Inventor of the Soothing Snuggler — talk about the advantages of prioritizing psychological well being within the office and share some recommendation on how organizations will be extra supportive. 

WiT: Globally, there appears to be a shift in psychological well being the place we’re beginning to see extra alternatives for dialog within the office – do you agree? 

Dr. Erica Gergely: Sure, completely. The pandemic illuminated the apparent — and undiscussed — actuality that psychological well being is vital in each aspect of life, together with our work. Consequently, we’re now seeing the psychological well being wants of workers as a prime precedence in lots of organizations. Worker psychological well being is instantly associated to job efficiency, modern conduct, and work engagement. 

Dr. Erica Gergely (left) and Lindsey Berger (proper) | Supply: WiT

WiT: How have the organizations you’ve labored for supported psychological well being and wellness?

Lindsey Berger: After I labored for Melissa & Doug, the group carried out numerous initiatives to advertise psychological well-being:  

  1. The corporate launched a psychological well being affinity group that hosted quarterly actions for workers to assist promote optimistic psychological well being. Some examples embody toy trivia, an in-office therapeutic massage occasion, and an open-share discussion board.
  2. “Sick days” had been modified to “wellness days” in company paperwork to encourage workers to make use of their days to raised look after themselves.
  3. The chief staff made it a degree to encourage workers to make use of all out there PTO/wellness days to recharge and reset. There have been even City Corridor bulletins to focus on the variety of PTO/wellness days nonetheless out there throughout the firm. 

WiT: Youngsters are additionally dealing with psychological well being challenges. How can the toy business help the well-being of youth, each at school and at house? 

DEG: The pandemic challenged early childhood improvement, with varied prenatal and postnatal results. Youngsters study by means of play. That’s why I see the toy and sport business as uniquely positioned to create the important instruments essential to facilitate therapeutic, development, and help in gaining misplaced floor within the psychological, emotional, and social well being of children. With countless studying potential by means of play, I consider we may help bridge the developmental gaps each at house and in instructional settings. 

LB: The toy business has a accountability to the youngsters of at present and tomorrow to provide numerous and inclusive toys. Producers are selling inclusivity and well-being by considering globally and offering toys that resonate with children no matter race, gender, or ethnicity. They’re additionally incorporating multi-language packaging and implementing sustainability initiatives to create a greater world. Merchandise on retailer cabinets now are available in varied pores and skin tones and will be tailored for teenagers with different wants. 

WiT: WiT is a conduit for human assets professionals and different decision-makers in establishing psychological well being practices inside firms. What are your suggestions for leaders who wish to promote optimistic psychological well being within the office? 

DEG: Incorporating psychological well being training and coaching into the office is vital. Leaders who’ve direct relationships with workers can mannequin good conduct round psychological well being and wellness, they usually’re typically the primary to know when a staff member could need assistance. They need to be skilled in recognizing the warning indicators and in realizing the way to have interaction with and help somebody who could also be combating their psychological well being. I additionally extremely suggest that leaders are well-versed of their firm’s out there psychological well being advantages and assets and that they commonly talk choices with workers. 

LB: I might extremely suggest launching affinity teams to create an inclusive company tradition.  Affinity teams permit workers to attach and share frequent pursuits, which improves optimistic psychological well being within the office. Additionally it is key that company leaders from the top-down encourage workers to take PTO to keep away from burnout. Psychological well being and bodily well being are intently linked and may impression worker efficiency.

A model of this text was initially printed within the 2023 Classics & Specialty Problem of The Toy Guide. Click here to learn the total challenge! Need to obtain The Toy Guide in print? Click here for subscription choices!

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