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As strange as it may sound, our company’s mission is to make people happy. While we’re not selling physical smiles (or adorable puppies), we aim to bring joy to recruiters around the globe through the use of our intelligence-driven recruitment toolsEven though these tools have helped Hiretual achieve continued success, our CEO, Steven Jiang, always reminds us of one thing.

“Great businesses thrive with great people. If people working in our company aren’t happy, how can we give happiness to others? This is why mental health is crucial.”  

Whether it’s feelings of fear from the pandemic, depression during quarantine, exhaustion from the election, or stress concerning recent economic turmoil, this year has provided countless reasons for the worsening of our mental health. Although these feelings of negativity may seem insurmountable, Hiretual believes that we can overcome anything together. 

Today, we would like to discuss Hiretual’s approach to caring for its employees’ mental well-being. Most importantly, we hope that this blog serves as a reminder of how important it is to address mental health, especially in the workplace. 

Taking A Moment

For those of us that work in a business setting, we are constantly surrounded by stress-inducing factors. These include high expectations, KPIs, deadlines, and so much more. If we add in the external circumstances of 2020, it’s difficult not to feel overwhelmed. 

To combat feelings like anxiety, stress, and panic, our employees are encouraged to take mental breaks. In our fast-paced world, taking time to reflect, reset, and tend to any mental obstacles we are facing is crucial for our continued well-being. Additionally, it can help employees stay positive and productive long-term, even in the midst of chaos. 

Universal Kindness

Hiretual believes in operating with a level of respect, professionalism, and kindness towards everyone (even our competitors). While it’s important that we practice kindness towards others, it’s also essential that we be kind to ourselves. 

Oftentimes, we can be our toughest critics. When we are too hard on ourselves, we run the risk of negatively impacting our mental health. We believe that people should give themselves credit for how far they have come, whether that’s as a professional or a person. If you learned a new skill, helped out a coworker, or were kind to a stranger, take the time to appreciate how you have made an impact in the world. By doing so, we hope to overtake negativity with positivity.

Reaching Out For Help

Our content marketing specialist, Winona Rajamohan, wrote a novel about a young boy’s experiences with mental health, relationships, and more.

She explains that this novel is, “a pat on the back to any young person who has felt as though they were free-falling, but who also refused to hold onto the hands reaching out to catch them. It’s a reminder that you can’t do everything on your own, and that it’s okay to ask for help.” 

Similarly, Hiretual believes that the best way to tackle mental health is by working together. One way to build this team-based culture is through efficient and effective communication. 

As Steven explains, “It doesn’t matter if you are the CEO or an intern, your voice has power at Hiretual. A lack of communication is a major cause of frustration and anxiety, especially as we currently work from home. It is through trust that we create an environment where people can communicate openly and rely on one another.” 

Through open communication, we have increased our transparency, continued to understand one another, and have fostered a team culture of support.

Staying Hopeful

While no one knows what’s in store for the rest of 2020, Hiretual remains hopeful. With positive signs, such as economic recovery, increased job openings, and more, we believe that circumstances will finally trend upward soon. In the meantime, it’s important that everyone continues to monitor their mental health moving forward. 

To learn more about mental health and resources for getting help, click here.

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