Col­lec­tive ac­tion needed to cre­ate car­ing, in­clu­sive work­places

The Straits Times - - OPINION -

Men­tal ill­ness still car­ries so­cial stigma in Sin­ga­pore. So, it is no sur­prise that a high per­cent­age of peo­ple re­cov­er­ing from men­tal con­di­tions are ex­cluded from gain­ful em­ploy­ment (Peo­ple with men­tal ill­ness de­serve a shot at work; Oct 7, 2017).

Aside from em­ploy­ing deaf peo­ple as fa­cil­i­ta­tors, Hush TeaBar – a not-for-profit so­cial en­ter­prise that I founded – also hires peo­ple in re­cov­ery and peo­ple with men­tal health is­sues for cor­po­rate func­tions.

Sup­port­ing a team com­pletely made up of dif­fer­ently abled peo­ple has not been a walk in the park. Yet, over the last 15 months, this team has run all the Hush projects at dif­fer­ent work­places on their own.

I now know it is def­i­nitely pos­si­ble. We just had to re­tool the work en­vi­ron­ment, re­design work pro­cesses as well as lis­ten and em­power to be in­clu­sive and pro­duc­tive.

So in early May this year, 20 lead­ers – in­clud­ing C-suite ex­ec­u­tives and the heads of hu­man re­sources, cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity as well as diver­sity and in­clu­sion – and I came to­gether to form the WorkWell Lead­ers Work­group (WLW) to cre­ate a net­work of em­ploy­ers that specif­i­cally cham­pi­ons for work­place well-be­ing as a lead­er­ship pri­or­ity.

This is a lofty pri­vate-sec­tor-driven ef­fort to ad­dress men­tal well­ness in

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