R U OK? Day is 12 September. It is a national day of action dedicated to giving people the tools to support friends going through a tough time.
One place that these tools can be really useful is the workplace. Having a culture where we look out for each other is a great step towards a happier and healthier workplace.
The R U OK? Day team created a four-step approach to help kick off this conversation.
1. Ask: Got a gut feeling that someone you know or care about seems out of sorts? A great way to find out is to ask them, ‘are you okay?’ The response might be that they are just fine. Then, they will at least know that you care. If they say ‘no’, it is a great opportunity to help them feel supported.
2. Listen: This is the next step if your colleague or friend is not feeling okay. Just letting them know you are ready to listen, if they want to talk, can make a real difference.
3: Encourage action: Again, a few questions can be the lifeline your friend or work colleague needs to talk about a challenge they are having.
Here’s a few question suggestions: How can I help? What would help take the pressure off? What’s something you could do that would help you feel better?
4: Check in: It can be as simple as suggesting you catch up next week for a coffee.
The creators of R U OK Day believe that a conversation can change a life and their resources make this easier.
To check out their fantastic resources go to https://www.ruok.org.au