Diving in to another topic from our 2021 World Changers report, Elle Bradley-Cox explores taboo topics in the workplace.
Do you remember when talking about your mental health at work was off-limits and considered a massive overshare?
Unwritten social rules dictated that certain topics were off the table. But the Covid catalyst meant we had a collective shorthand to point to. We were ‘all in the same boat’. It was ok not to be ok. It always should have been – but the stigmas associated with taboos made them impossible to explore openly.
But now, the floodgates are open. Organisations are restructuring their benefits, examining their policies and putting mental health centre stage. For some, the gesture is still more performative than productive. But the conversation has well and truly started.
So, what’s next? From periods to politics, menopause to money, what are the taboo topics lurking in the shadows? And how can we in internal comms, help bring them into the light?
In this episode, we turn the mic back on ourselves, for a candid conversation with senior consultant Alastair Atkinson about his experiences with anxiety and depression, and his thoughts on what organisations can do to best support their people.
00:23 Intro to the episode.
01:44 Roundtable with Elle, Lindsay and Russ, exploring taboo topics in the workplace.
20:40 A candid conversation with Alastair Atkinson, discussing his experiences with mental health, and reflections on what employers can do to support their people.