Mental Health: It’s on our mind
Working flexibly is a dream for many. New locations, new people and the ability to work in a way that suits your lifestyle can make every day exciting. However, this tantalising lifestyle can come with some concerns. How will I make an impression in a short amount of time? Will I be able to fit in with the established team?
Mental health in the workplace is still a subject that many choose to avoid talking about. This week (13th-19th May) is recognised as Mental Health Awareness week. This event aims to open up conversations around mental health in order to provide better support and guidance for those in need.
A recent study by the Mental Health Foundation found that 15% of people experience mental health problems at work. In addition, ScotHot found this number skyrockets to 57% in the hospitality industry whilst the Unite union outlines that 51% of chefs suffer from depression due to being overworked. In addition, evidence suggests that 13% of all sickness absence days in the UK can be attributed to mental health conditions.
Despite the prevalence of issues including stress, depression and anxiety, just 60% of employees feel their line manager is genuinely concerned for their wellbeing. Particularly in a new environment, you may feel reluctant to discuss your fears and concerns with an employer. At Coople, we are dedicated to supporting every Coopler throughout their journey in order to create an experience that makes them feel comfortable with flexible working.
We have taken a number of steps to reduce stress and anxiety for every person that uses our platform. Here are five ways Coople is both simple to use and supportive in giving you the lifestyle you desire.
Detailed Right to Work Sessions
A Right to Work session ensures you are legally able to work in the UK. In this session we give you a lot of advice to not only get your first job, but also build a reputation as a reliable worker. From a step-by-step explanation of how the Coople app works to tips that will help you master that first shift – the Right to Work session will get you feeling confident and ready to work with Coople.
Online Guides and Advice
Whether you are uncertain of how to fill out your job profile or want to check the dress code for your next job, we have created a range of handy guides to help you navigate the platform. When you can access all the information you need prior to working, it allows you to attend your shift feeling fully prepared and ready to put your best foot forward.
Dedicated Customer Care Team
For those issues where you need more advice, the Coople Customer Care is on-hand 7 days a week on 020 8338 9333 to answer any more specific questions you may have. Our knowledgeable team can offer all the guidance you need, whether it is your first shift or you’re a seasoned pro with Coople.
Working with Other Cooplers
The majority of jobs we offer will involve you working with others who use the Coople platform. This allows you to meet new people and build up a network of Cooplers who have also embraced the flexible lifestyle you enjoy. This sense of community amongst Cooplers reduces the anxiety of regularly having first days at new jobs. You will often meet like-minded people who have similar attitudes to you!
Financial stability can be a major factor in reducing stress and helping you to feel secure. Once you have successfully completed your first shift with Coople, you will receive your first pay packet two weeks later. Following this initial payment, if you work every week, you will then be paid on a weekly basis! These more frequent payments make budgeting easier. In addition, if you have been working hard to cover a lot of shifts and are in need of the extra cash flow, weekly payments ensure you get that vital money fast.
Over the last couple of weeks, it has been fascinating to better understand just how prevalent mental health concerns are in every workplace. The impact of these issues cannot be understated. However, as people battle hectic schedules, they are rarely talked about. That is why it is vital to make people feel supported and understood no matter how long they have been at a workplace. You never know what the person in front of you is really going through.