Our vision is a world of mental wellbeing, and that starts here at COMPASS. Leora Mofsowitz works with us as a Health Coach and Community Wellbeing Lead. Here she tells us a little about her role in supporting our team.
Tell us about your role as a Community Wellbeing Lead at COMPASS
As a Community Wellbeing Lead, I’m here to support members of the COMPASS team in looking after themselves. I do this in a variety of ways, including one-on-one wellbeing check-ins, group coaching sessions, and encouraging the team to talk openly in “Community circles” – agenda-less meetings where people can talk about whatever’s on their mind in a safe environment. My aim is to develop rapport and trust with team members and to help people figure out what is that they need, and how they can get that support. This often involves helping people navigate COMPASS’s Employee Assistance Programme.
My role as Community Wellbeing Lead is always evolving, but my goal is also to understand COMPASS as an organisation and to truly embed wellbeing as part of the culture here. I work closely with the People team to understand the needs of the company, both in the UK and USA. I want every single person to feel empowered to make their wellbeing a priority, even when they’re well. My motto “meeting you where you’re at” is the way I support the team. My approach is personalised.
What are your tips for people looking to do more for their wellbeing?
Looking after your wellbeing is something that’s very personal to each individual, but my approach is to make it a priority and take it one small step at a time. This might be committing to going to a yoga class or walking to work in the morning – whatever works and feels sustainable for you. Over time, prioritising your wellbeing will start to feel more natural, and you can incorporate other positive habits too.
What can companies do to reduce the stigma around mental health in the workplace?
Companies need to make sure that they’re consistently sending the message that it’s ok to experience difficulties and to share them so that employees feel able to seek support. This happens by creating a psychologically safe environment where people genuinely know “it’s okay to not be okay”. As a Community Wellbeing Lead, I help to foster a culture where people feel able to talk openly and honestly about mental health and wellbeing. I can’t emphasise enough how important it is to have these difficult conversations and to recognise that our colleagues are human beings too.
Our vision is a world of mental wellbeing. What does a world of mental wellbeing mean to you?
To me, a world of mental wellbeing is a world of awareness, acknowledgement, and acceptance, where people don’t feel they have to hide their challenges.