We take time for our mental health

Interlink Recruitment20 May 2019

Last week was mental health awareness week, where we all rightly took the time to make our own and others’ mental health a priority.  In the fast-paced world which we live we often don’t have time to stop and listen, so we avoid the pertinent questions. We are under pressure more than ever to achieve, do and succeed, but what if we are struggling? Here at Interlink Recruitment we take mental health seriously and over the course of last week, we looked at what we do as a business and as individuals to help each other to keep our minds healthy.

Recruitment is stressful
Most jobs these days bring challenges – whether it’s the job itself or managing work with what’s going on at home. Working within the legal profession, we are aware of the stress and pressure lawyers face and how this impacts their mental health. Fortunately, this is being widely acknowledged and the industry has a helpline and support network for lawyers feeling any kind of burden, alongside firms doing more for their teams’ mental wellbeing. Recruitment is also a very challenging environment to work in – no two days are the same, not all discussions and negotiations go the way you want and there are targets to hit. Part of making it work for us as a team, to instil confidence and ensure support for all staff, is to get the culture right within the business. Yes, we are a small business but having supportive team players working together creates a far healthier environment for our staff. 

Nichole welcomes new team members   
On Monday of Mental Health Awareness week, three new team members joined.  Our Head of Office Support, Nichole Luckhurst explains more about their first day with us, “To welcome our three new starters, we decided to take hold of the sunny weather and celebrate their new beginnings with Interlink Recruitment with lunch at The Alchemist. We feel it’s important to relax new starters as best we can, to introduce them to the team and give them an understanding of the type of company we are in a more social setting. We toasted their first day with a glass of wine, had a meal and a cheeky cocktail, by which time we all knew plenty more about each other. As well as giving everyone a slice of happiness on the notorious dreaded Monday, the lunchtime treat was important for our new team members to ask those all-important questions. That and to know from this point on, how they can be assured of being supported within their roles ahead, and who they can talk to should they have any issues whatsoever.”

Danny is body positive
Another new face at the business is Danny, who in his spare time is passionate about working out and eating well, all done to bring him extra confidence. Here’s his personal account of his experiences, "I first started training at College. It massively improved my confidence and enabled me to do things which were previously out of my comfort zone, whether that’s from approaching new people on a night out or simply chatting with strangers at a bus stop!  I strongly believe a healthy body allows for a healthy mind.  Training not only develops self-respect, but it allows you to be disciplined with everything you encounter. My gained confidence helped develop my social and interpersonal relationship building skills, self-worth and most importantly self-respect. With this mindset I’m also no longer disheartened if I fail at a task, being able to take stock and move on more confidently.”

Sophie works hard to keep a positive attitude
On Wednesday, Sophie shared some great advice for keeping a healthy mind throughout a busy day. Here’s what she had to say, “Keeping yourself sane in the life of 9-5pm can be a big task. Constantly trying to keep a positive attitude helps me. I try not to let anything bother me too much and find that I release any stresses from the day in a gym session or long run. I like to have healthy snacks to pick on at my desk for little pick-me-ups (food makes me happy) and balance with working out most days; sometimes a sharer bag of chocolate instead of an apple can be the preferred option for a bit of office moral! I always try and get out in the fresh air at lunch for a walk into town to clear my mind ready to smash the afternoon. Regular tea breaks are also a must throughout the day to stretch your legs and refresh your mind from staring at the screen all day! Always picking up your colleagues and making them smile and happy keeps the office mood high which in turn gives a better working environment for everyone, making everyone happier. I try to be the bubbly, smiley, positive person daily to keep everyone around in good spirits too. It is contagious. 
Luckily for me I do not suffer with my mental health, but I know others who do, and we are realising this more and more. My motto is to just be kind and nice to everyone as you never know what battles they are going through.”

Recognising support where it’s needed
To end the week, our Commercial Director Daniel Rosenthal, whose door is always open, reflected on the responsibility business owners have when it comes to creating a positive, safe working environment to encourage healthy minds. “Of course, it’s in the best interests of anyone running a business to make sure their staff are happy and healthy at work. And often you’ll find employees will do one of two things; come to work and share their problems or come to work and hide them. What we need to do is create a safe place for all to talk about anything that’s troubling them, at any time.
We employ a cross-section of staff of varying ages here at Interlink and those younger may often look for advice and support from their peers. But as a business we try our best to support our employees with issues that may stem from work or even home. For example, we once arranged for professional financial support to spend a day at the office, to help anyone who had financial concerns or needed help planning for their future. If the working day is proving too difficult for someone, we can see how we can make it better for them. We make sure we praise, reward and balance the hard work and sometimes long hours, with social activities and treat nights. But most of all, we’re ready to listen and as business owners ourselves, we’re also mindful to keep our own mental health in check.”

If you’re a recruitment professional, keen to advance your career and join an ambitious yet friendly recruitment company that takes mental health seriously, contact us today. Our team is growing, and we are looking for recruitment professionals to join us here in Manchester. There are opportunities for those who have recruitment experience in the professional services sector, those with a proven track record working on temporary contract and locum assignments as well as those with previous Personal Injury recruitment experience. Contact us today by sending an up-to-date copy of your CV to info@interlinkrecruitment.com.  


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