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Mental Health and Well-Being in the workplace is a vital topic for any profession. For those that are highly stressful, even more so.

Sourcing can be highly rewarding. However, the nature of our daily activities in a Sourcer's work routine (frenetic pace, uncertainty, lack of control, constant changes) make us candidates to suffer high levels of anxiety from time to time.

What are the best strategies to cope with this?

What techniques work? What tools can help us to stay productive and stay sane at the same time?

In this presentation, some contexts and practical examples will be discussed.

Mental Health and Well-Being in the workplace is a vital topic for any profession. For those that are highly stressful, even more so.

Sourcing can be highly rewarding. However, the nature of our daily activities in a Sourcer's work routine (frenetic pace, uncertainty, lack of control, constant changes) make us candidates to suffer high levels of anxiety from time to time.

What are the best strategies to cope with this?

What techniques work? What tools can help us to stay productive and stay sane at the same time?

In this presentation, some contexts and practical examples will be discussed.

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Mental Health and Wellbeing for Sourcers - SourceCon Digital 2020

  1. 1. Mental Health & Wellbeing for Sourcers Keynote presented by Iker Jusue Prepared for SourceCon Digital 2.0 22nd September 2020 @ The Internet about.me/IkerJusue Twitter: @IkerJR
  2. 2. ABOUT ME Hands-on and strategic freelance practitioner with more than eight years of professional experience, offering Talent Acquisition services, mainly focused in Sourcing, Advising, Training and Delivering, managing teams and projects across the globe for corporates as QuantumBlack (McKinsey), Oracle, ThoughtWorks, BIC or Inditex, in addition to start-ups, HR Tech vendors, recruitment agencies and RPO providers. In 2019, I obtained the title of SourceCon Grandmaster (2nd European, 1st non-native English speaker winning it). I also have won the first Sourcing Summit Europe Hackathon in 2017. Presented by Iker Jusue - about.me/IkerJusue - Twitter: @IkerJR
  3. 3. Why?
  4. 4. Source: https://hbr.org/2020/01/young-workers-need-companies-to-prioritize-mental-health
  5. 5. “a state of mind characterized by emotional well-being, good behavioral adjustment, relative freedom from anxiety and disabling symptoms, and a capacity to establish constructive relationships and cope with the ordinary demands and stresses of life” Source: APA Dictionary of Psychology. https://dictionary.apa.org/mental-health
  6. 6. Anxiety “An emotion characterized by apprehension and somatic symptoms of tension in which an individual anticipates impending danger, catastrophe, or misfortune.” Source: APA Dictionary of Psychology https://dictionary.apa.org/anxiety
  7. 7. Stress “(…) the degree to which you feel overwhelmed or unable to cope as a result of pressures that are unmanageable”. Source: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/s/stress
  8. 8. Analysis Paralysis or Paralysis by Analysis or…
  9. 9. Analysis Paralysis “Analysis paralysis refers to a situation in which an individual or group is unable to move forward with a decision as a result of overanalyzing data or overthinking a problem.” Source: https://www.investopedia.com/terms/a/analysisparalysis.asp
  10. 10. Source: https://www.scotthyoung.com/blog/2019/01/28/analysis-paralysis/
  11. 11. Source: https://www.scotthyoung.com/blog/2019/01/28/analysis-paralysis/
  12. 12. Imposter phenomenon
  13. 13. Impostor syndrome or phenomenon “The situation in which highly accomplished, successful individuals paradoxically believe they are frauds who ultimately will fail and be unmasked as incompetent (…). Clinical symptoms often are associated with the phenomenon as well, including generalized anxiety, depression, and diminished self-esteem and self- confidence” Source: APA Dictionary of Psychology https://dictionary.apa.org/impostor-phenomenon
  14. 14. Source: https://www.ccl.org/blog/success-tips-overcome-impostor-syndrome/
  15. 15. Impostor syndrome “You can’t expect other people to value your work if you don’t.” Dr. Valerie Young https://impostorsyndrome.com TED talk (8 minutes): https://youtu.be/h7v-GG3SEWQ
  16. 16. Right to disconnect
  17. 17. Right to disconnect Sourcing can be unpleasantly perceived at times as an unfinished, unaccomplished task. When to stop of running a new search, sending a new message, testing a new tool? Use time management & automation to help you and your team reducing stress.
  18. 18. Lack of control
  19. 19. Lack of control What can trigger stress here? Hiring Managers Candidates Alignment with the business
  20. 20. Flow state Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi TED talk (18 minutes): https://youtu.be/fXIeFJCqsPs
  21. 21. What is the flow state? “being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost” Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi for Wired Magazine (1996)
  22. 22. The 8 Characteristics of Flow Complete concentration on the task; Clarity of goals and reward in mind and immediate feedback; Transformation of time (speeding up/slowing down);
  23. 23. The 8 Characteristics of Flow The experience is intrinsically rewarding. Effortlessness and ease. There is a balance between challenge and skills. Actions and awareness are merged, losing self-conscious rumination. There is a feeling of control over the task. Source: https://positivepsychology.com/mihaly-csikszentmihalyi-father-of-flow/
  24. 24. Flow state “Inducing flow is about the balance between the level of skill and the size of the challenge at hand” (Nakamura et al., 2009).
  25. 25.
  26. 26. Extrinsic & Intrinsic motivation Book: Drive: the Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us (2009). Daniel H. Pink.
  27. 27. Intrinsic motivation Source: https://www.tutor2u.net/business/re ference/motivation-pink-three- elements-of-intrinsic-motivation
  28. 28. Peer support and mentoring
  29. 29. SourceCon Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sourcecon
  30. 30. Source: https://intenseminimalism.com/2020/the-impact-of-toxic-influencers-on-communities/ Shared by @SalamancaPeral
  31. 31. The power of One-to-Ones - 121s Set regular time with your team to discuss how they feel, aside sourcing metrics, achieved targets and business matters.
  32. 32. Additional perks and company benefits As part of your C&B offering, or using your team budget, provide subscriptions to apps as Headspace, meditation courses, Yoga, counselling…
  33. 33. Having a Mental Health First Aider in your team
  34. 34. https://www.teammood.com/en/
  35. 35. Make it part of your learning plan Including content about Mental Health, particularly Stress Management, can make a difference on your team training and onboarding.
  36. 36. Survey and additional info: https://www.mentalhealthinrecruitment.org/
  37. 37. Many thanks for your time! Any questions?  Let’s connect and stay in touch. www.linkedin.com/in/IkerJusue  If you are hiring for your team and/or need an external consultant, ping me to discuss! Iker.Jusue@RoyanRecruitment.com Presented by Iker Jusue - about.me/IkerJusue - Twitter: @IkerJR Images stock mainly from pexels.com & unsplash.com

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