1 in 6 people experience mental health problems in the workplace - that’s over 14%
Evidence suggests that 12.7% of all sickness absence days in the UK can be attributed to mental health conditions
A study on meaningful work and mental health found that “people perceiving their work as meaningful and satisfying reported less anxiety and stress.”
At Chiltern we are self-managed and employee owned. Over the past two years, we have worked hard to create a collaborative and caring operational system which is inclusive, regardless of personal circumstance.
"A group of staff who are responsible and accountable for all or most aspects of producing a product or delivering a service." - Reinventing Organisations
People often think self-managing teams is about a flat-hierarchy, but really it’s about recognising people’s different strengths and providing an environment where people can take charge of the work they do, using advice from their peers, their professional judgement and life experiences to make informed decisions. After all, we are all adults, and therefore can expect an adult-to-adult relationship in our work.
At Chiltern we work in circles rather than teams and everyone within those circles holds each other accountable. You can see our unique structure below:
“Self-management goes a long way toward helping us show up more fully. With no scarce promotions to fight for, no bosses to please, and no adversaries to elbow aside, much of the political poison is drained out of organizations. Without a boss looking over our shoulder, without employees to keep in line and peers that could turn into competitors, we can finally let our guard down and simply focus on the work we want to do.” - Reinventing Organisations
We have a number of spaces set up at Chiltern to support the wellbeing of our team, from pods, to learning communities and life support.
All of these spaces provide support to a different area of our working life. For example:
As an organisation whose primary function provides music therapy, it would be remiss of us not to talk about music and wellbeing. Music can help the brain recover, bypassing areas damaged by disease or injury to create new neural pathways elsewhere. Studies show that even just listening to familiar or meaningful music fires up so many parts of the brain, improves mood and reduces anxiety, and these effects are lasting ones.
When our mood is elevated, we are less likely to feel stressed, therefore we are more able to deal with any issues that arise in the course of a day at work or home.