Counselling in the workplace can often be an important first step for many employees and employers seeking support. One to one support gives individuals the opportunity to discuss and explore their problems in complete confidence with an experienced, empathic professional. In addition, the offer of counselling services to employees can help discharge the duty of care required by law of an organisation.
Counselling provides short-term solution-focused support to assist employees in identifying the problem and developing a practical plan of action for resolving it, and is used effectively to treat a wide range of occupational and domestic stress related issues, for example: financial problems, stress, racial & sexual harassment, bullying, redundancy, bereavement, domestic violence, mental health problems…
Team counselling in the workplace is different from training in many ways. The most important difference is that counselling is in tune with the group and takes place in the here and now. Rather than trying to impart knowledge, a good counsellor is able to help stimulate the knowledge and internal resources from within each participant which can then be shared and developed.
Counselling is ideal for helping teams deal with things that otherwise are tricky or usually create conflict, ‘stuck-ness’, reduce creativity or performance. Most often counselling is asked for when everything else has been tried already, when often, if it was adopted straight away the problems could have already been addressed and moved on from a lot earlier. A counsellor makes the difficult conversations easier and more productive and helps transfer the learning into everyday work life.
Workplace Wellbeing Training & Consultancy
Nikhila can add specialist knowledge to organisations in the form of guest speaking, consultancy and training.
Guest speaking on workplace wellbeing and high performance at work. Consultancy for mental health policy reviews, stress audits and mental health and wellbeing surveys. Training on workplace wellbeing themes such as reducing stress, assertiveness, confidence building, persuading and influencing, managing anger and frustration, mental health awareness and how to support people with mental health issues in the workplace.