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JUN 2019

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22 JUNE 2019 th E l E ad E r F E A T U R E A R T I C L E Changing the narrative on psychological wellbeing at work by Zsuzsi Nagy and Joan Price "How are you?" W e've all been there … a colleague asks the very simple question, "How are you?" Have you ever answered with an emphatic, "Fine!" or "Great!" just as a way to speed things up, to move on, to get down to business or to avoid sharing how you truly feel at that moment? Is the person asking "How are you?" someone you care about? Maybe we've all missed the memo; humans crave connection, but we live in a world where saving time is often more valuable than making, sharing, and saving the precious human-to-human connections we all need to thrive. Taking the time to be fully present in the moment and responding with our truths is a simple, first step toward creating safe and psychologically sound workplaces. What is psychological wellbeing or mental health? According the World Health Organization, mental health is defined as a state of wellbeing in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community. So why write about psychological wellbeing through the CoreNet Global Community? Simple. Our community of 11,000+ global members can begin to amplify evidence that in a knowledge-based economy, organizational purpose cannot be served effectively when those we serve are dispirited in body and mind. We can make a difference. Why does addressing psychological wellbeing matter, and matter now? We had the chance to speak with a handful of industry leaders and academic experts to understand why mental health in the workplace is of critical importance now. Recent survey results and statistics make it crystal clear that

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