First Practice Management
- Posted Wednesday July 10, 2019
We all know the healing properties of a slice of Victoria sponge or a cupcake (we’ll take the one with salted caramel frosting please). Far from just giving us a chance to indulge our sweet tooth though, sharing a tasty treat can really bring people together.
This summer, FPM is planning a series of events to promote wellbeing and community for Practice Managers and GP Practice teams. We decided to invite all of our colleagues at FPM to join us for a Wellbeing Coffee and Cake Morning to support local charity Leeds Mind.
Why not give your own wellbeing a boost by dedicating a little time to engaging positively with your team through the time-honoured, delicious tradition of pairing coffee and cake?
A proven method for building engagement
A former GP Practice Manager told us about the ‘comfort coffee’ session she held once a week at 11am at her practice. This idea was started by one of the practice’s GPs, who said it was good to have a milky coffee - not just good for your bones, but also for your mental health.
They believed in the benefit of taking 10-15 minutes to just sit and switch off after a busy morning at work. We know it’s not always possible, but it’s important to take those chances when you can.
It is a great way of getting together to take a breather and a positive avenue for discussing mental health, perhaps for the first time, and making it less of a taboo subject.
How we can care for our mental health
Because of the stigma that is still attached to mental health issues, people suffering from issues such as stress, depression and anxiety can be reluctant to disclose their issues to managers. They might cover up their problems by blaming sickness absence on physical symptoms.
Encouraging staff to be open with you and cultivating an atmosphere where people feel that topics surrounding mental health are not taboo can help you work towards finding positive solutions. Productivity, quality of work and retention can all benefit from improving employee wellbeing.
Burnout is a state of mind that usually stems from physical, mental and emotional exhaustion. It's often associated with accumulated stress and loss of energy that can leave people feeling resentful, helpless and demotivated. Managers need to be educated to be able to understand how to recognise and prevent the early stages of burnout – you can learn more in our recent article about the signs of burnout and how to prevent it.
How about a healthier alternative?
Of course, if you want to take a healthier and (probably cheaper) alternative, how about organising a Fruit Friday – find out what everyone prefers and indulge in a guilt-free treat. With a little bit of organisation and a sweet disposition, it should be a piece of cake to organise!
We’d love to hear your favourite cake toppings… and your ideas for boosting wellbeing. Share your success stories with us on our Twitter and Facebook pages, and don’t forget to follow us on social media for all of the latest news and updates that matter most to Practice Managers.
Mind is a fantastic charity that promotes positive mental health and wellbeing – if you’d like to hold an event to support them you can find more info here. Don’t forget that for enquiries around wellbeing and mental illness, FPM members can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.