This year has seen many of us face challenging circumstances due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Now more than ever, it is essential for us all to stay connected and look after each other. Every year at Glad Group, we acknowledge R U OK? Day and encourage conversations that can help our colleagues, friends, and family through difficult times.
What is R U OK?
R U OK? is a harm prevention charity that encourages people to stay connected and have meaningful conversations with those who might be struggling with aspects of their life. R U OK? also contributes to suicide prevention efforts by encouraging people to invest more time in their personal relationships and building the capacity of informal support networks, such as friends, family, and colleagues, to be alert to those around them. In doing so, they may be able to identify signs of distress or difficulty and connect someone to appropriate support, long before they’re in crisis.
What you can do to help
We are asking colleagues, customers, friends, and family to take some time to think about how they can look out for those close to and around them – to check in with them and ask ‘R U OK’?.
At Glad Group, we continue to build a supportive culture, where people feel comfortable in asking and answering this simple question. These conversations can make a real difference for those that may be going through a tough time.
If you’re not sure how you can start this conversation, the R U OK? website is full of resources to assist you. For example, the four steps on this poster are a great start!
As a people-first business, Glad Group is committed to the wellbeing of our people. To support this, we recently reintroduced our Employee Assistance Program, read more about this here!