5.11.20 – Weekly Update from Brian Hetherington


Colleagues, Clients and Communities:

ABD hit an important milestone this week, crossing the $100 million revenue mark. It is something worth recognizing and celebrating as we continue to grow our culture and our company in diverse ways. We are all working hard to build a durable, culture-driven business that will provide pride and peace of mind for many years to come.

May is mental health awareness month and the coronavirus has proven just how needed a focus on support services, programs and best practices are for everyone during this challenging time. Our Town Hall theme was “green” commemorating Mental Health month and I was proud to see the caring spirit of our team joining this meeting wearing so much green including shirts, hats, glasses, Zoom filters, scarves, and more. We love looking around and seeing all the green.

Mental health awareness is represented by a green ribbon. In the 1800s, green was the color used to label people who were considered to have mental issues. For it is a reminder to support each other – and keeping mentally healthy is something we all need to work on. This month Mental Health Month is about destigmatizing the topic and having the psychological safety to speak openly about how you are feeling and doing.  Throughout this crisis, we have really worked to focus on the wellbeing of each of our employees, and this month especially we want to make it a priority with our actions and intentions. 

Below are some of the activities ABD is implementing this month, hopefully some may be helpful for your organization.

  1. Coping with COVID-19  – tips to help with virtual meeting fatigue. Check out ‘Ways to Cope’ here.
  2. Fridays offer weekly “mental” workout and mindfulness classes at 9am. ABD is working with various partners sharing meditation techniques, mindfulness, yoga, chair yoga, kids yoga, and more.
  3. Offer a webinar series focused on wellness. At ABD, we are offering classes including Minimizing Worry to Maximize Your Life, Mindful Parenting, and The Elephant in the Office.
  4. “Everyone Needs a Mental Health Day” – encourage your team to take one day of PTO in May for mental health and share what they did to get other team members to take time too.

There are many resources, wellness apps, and team platforms, activate them today and challenge your teams to create new habits in the theme of mental wellness for all.  An inspiration from Buddha: “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.

Please reach out to your ABD team should you need help designing programs to drive wellness in your organization.

Stay Safe,

Brian Hetherington

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