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Even before the corona virus crisis, mental health issues were the number one cause of long-term absence among UK workers. Lockdown will have undoubtedly exacerbated this issue. Supporting people to be mentally ready for a return to work, and to cope with changes in work patterns and practices, is a major challenge for organisations.

Mind the Gap for managers

Managers need to learn to have sensitive conversations to support the mental and physical wellbeing of their teams, who are both remote and in-situ.

To motivate, they need to make people and teams feel psychologically safe. They need to lead with empathy and direction.

These people skills will be crucial for organisations as they transition back to productivity.

We have developed an online foundation course, delivered through virtual classrooms, to help guide managers through these changing times:

Manager workshops: 2 x 90 min webinars: (Ideal participants 30)

Part one:

Leading and managing through extraordinary times

  • Creating virtual and physical psychologically safe environments
  • Managing, motivating, and communicating with virtual teams
  • Supporting teams to flourish through complexity, with agility and flexibility
  • Creating a Work-Ready Action Plan (WRAP*) with your team


  • Creating the right environment cheat sheet
  • Practical activity sheet for creating the right environment
  • Downloadable WRAP

Additional activities:

  • Devising a psychological safety plan
  • Devising a WRAP for your team

Part two:

Big chats, little chats** for mental health and wellbeing

  • Toolkits for supporting mental health and wellbeing
  • Identifying concerns early and developing prevention plans
  • Supporting and signposting when challenges arise
  • Introducing FLIP for building resilient, future-focused teams


  • Mental health cheat sheets
  • FLIP introduction cheat sheets

Additional activities:

  • Activities for managers to promote positive mental health and resilience
  • Developing regular check-ins
  • How to support psychological safety with visual triggers and mental triggers

Mind the Gap for teams

A single 90 min webinar for teams which we recommend accompanies the manager programme

Return to work will raise concerns over safety, wellbeing and change. Some people will work from home, which requires a new mindset and new practices. Resilience, agility and adaptability are core skills. People will need to learn quickly and modify how they work at short notice. 

This 90 min webinar introduces

  • Growth mindset skills for agility and adaptability
  • Skills for building resilience and positive mental health
  • Creating a WRAP


Timing allows for Q&A. Large groups are possible but please bear in mind this affects how interactive we can be with individuals. *Laughology acronym alert **Laughology’s coaching programme
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Are organisations and companies just paying lip service?
Join some of the most interesting and respected voices in positive psychology for our Our Big Chat about…Thinking outside the tick box, inaugural webinar. Our two and half hour interactive event will look at the best mental health strategies for organisations, identifying what works and what doesn’t.

Dave McPartlin:

Dave is the Headteacher of Flakefleet Primary School.
Creating the right environment for people and communities to flourish

Sunita Hirani

Sunita is one of the BBC’s key equality, diversity and inclusivity experts.
Why inclusion is essential for mental wellbeing

Professor Sir Cary Cooper

Cary is one the world’s most influential voices in occupational health and wellbeing.
Enhancing Mental Wellbeing at Work. Evidence based strategies for creating a wellbeing culture at work.

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