Free Up Your Energy and live your Unique Life and Work
Written by Guest Blogger, Tina Mylon, Senior Vice President Talent and Diversity
Part of my job at Schneider Electric as global head of Talent and Diversity is to promote and support the well-being of our employees around the world. Our ambition is to create an environment where employees feel empowered to manage their unique life and work by making the most of their energy. In simple terms, we want our people to be at their best at work and at home—from a physical, mental, emotional and social perspective.
It sounds straightforward, but not always easy to bring to life. From our leaders and employees, we know achieving (and sustaining) well-being remains a top challenge. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mental health is now a global crisis with levels of anxiety, depression, stress and burnout rising every year. Often, social stigma and fear of discrimination hinder many employees from speaking out and seeking support.
We don’t have all the answers at Schneider, but we are taking well-being seriously. It’s not just good for business, it’s the right thing to do. Our holistic approach centers around actions that truly impact behaviors and mindset shift. Over 75% of our employees are covered under Schneider Electric’s new Global Family Leave policy. All our employees are required to participate in a well-being e-workout. We have over 1000 employee-driven well-being labs across the globe addressing topics like stress management, mindfulness and hidden bias. At the global level, we set and track KPIs for well-being and inclusion as part of our Schneider Sustainability Impact
Some of you may remember my Grandma Kao from my previous blog post. She is now 104 years old and still playing mahjong on her I-Pad every day. I had the chance to visit her again this summer and while she is quite physically frail, her mental and emotional well-being is remarkably strong. She is my role model for living her unique life in a healthy, enriching and empowering way.
In my own life, I try to free up my energy and live my unique life and work. From our well-being diagnostics, I know that I manage stress pretty well and maintain strong social connections. But I know I need to improve my workload management and physical exercise. Every day requires a deliberate ‘check in’ and calibration to ensure my well-being is at its best.
This year, on October 10th, Schneider will participate in World Mental Health Day focusing on Mental Health in the Workplace. I look forward to exchanging with many colleagues and friends on this important topic. Come join us!
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