When it comes to wellbeing, I have certainly not always had the best record. I remember when I first arrived in my post in Timor outside of the capital. Because I was living in a hotel and eating out at restaurants for all my meals, this compounded with learning a new culture and adapting to a new environment began to wear away at my mental and physical health. I began to get unusually tired, and one day it all culminated when I looked in the mirror and noticed my tongue had turned green! Given I had not eaten or drank anything remotely that color, I knew something had to change. Sometimes we try to ignore these signs that we are at a breaking point, and we keep pushing ourselves. And as leaders it is our responsibility to help others recognize when they might be at their breaking point, or even better yet creating an environment where this is not even a concern.
So why do we push ourselves to the limit? And what can we do as leaders to create an environment where our staff can express themselves when they need help? Today we explore this and more with my guest Dr Matt Bloom, Associate Professor at the University of Notre Dame who is studying wellbeing of aid workers globally. Dr Bloom shares some of the findings from his research on wellbeing in aid work, as well as providing some advice on what you can do to positively impact your team’s wellbeing.
Here are some of the topics and resources covered for this episode:
- Why international staff tend to have higher rates of burnout than national staff
- Why female staff may also be more susceptible to burnout
- How culture and environment impacts wellbeing
- How quality of social support is directly related to mental and physical health
- How leaders can positively influence the wellbeing of your team
- Importance of vulnerability in a leader
- Resources to assist:
You can reach Dr. Matt Bloom through the Wellbeing at Work site of the University of Notre Dame