There’s no doubt about it: the pandemic has led people to be much more aware of mental health. This awareness is even making its way to the office, where companies are focusing much more on building soft skills like vulnerability and empathy.
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#1. Bringing your emotions to work is all the rage now.
When Kea Tull’s daughter didn’t pass a vet tech training exam, she was so angry she would “pay to break something.”
Around the country, several rage rooms had sprouted up. But none in Philadelphia….and that’s how her business was born. Throughout the pandemic, her business grew so much that she moved spaces twice.
Mental health is top of mind for so many workers, and that awareness has only been accelerated since the pandemic began. Our research showed that no matter the age or gender, 32% of respondents reported declining mental health compared to our 2020 report.
Rage rooms are just one example of the awareness around emotional and mental health. As a result, organizations are increasingly creating more space to foster and develop soft skills around empathy, vulnerability, and mental health.
“This is about understanding that people are not robots,” Shola Kaye, who consults with Fortune 500 companies to build empathy, leadership, and communication skills, told Fortune Magazine. “People need time and the ability to be heard and understood.” Read more in Fortune Magazine.