Oct 06, 2022 |

Renewing our energy, mental health, and well-being in October

Mary Alice Vuicic, Chief People Officer

I’m heartened to see more leaders and employers actively and openly supporting employee mental health and well-being. According to a recent study from the American Psychological Association, seven in 10 workers (71%) believe their employer is more concerned about the mental health of employees now than in the past.

As mental health issues continue to escalate across age groups and around the globe, it is essential we keep a focus on well-being. With the continued challenges of the pandemic, war in Ukraine, economic uncertainty, and racial tension, providing support has never been more critical.

At Thomson Reuters, our greatest strength and source of competitive advantage is the intellectual capital of our people, which is inextricably linked to their well-being. We continue to seek feedback from our team on how we can support their mental health through awareness, support, open and safe conversations, and changing how we work and lead so that they can thrive. We have accomplished much together, but we have far more to do to make a truly lasting impact.

October is home to our second Global Mental Health Day of 2022 and we are building on discussions and learnings from earlier this year. This month’s theme is Renewing Your Energy and we are encouraging all employees to renew their energy so they can be at their best.

Energy renewal looks different for each individual and can include new ways of working; time for self-care practices like sleep, exercise, and meditation; connections to things that give greater purpose; and time for deeper connections with friends and colleagues.

We’re helping our employees renew their energy by:

  • Encouraging them to use their second Global Mental Health Day at Thomson Reuters on October 24. We want them to use this paid time off with intention.
  • Launching a new mindful business practice, “Be Purposefully Present,” encouraging employees to adopt a new way of working, including setting healthy boundaries and removing distractions. We want our people to be purposely present both at work and at home.
  • Providing our people leaders with a new training program and resource guide called Mindful Leadership, which will allow them to lead a mentally healthy workplace.
  • Hosting internal events throughout the month so employees can connect with leaders and learn how they renew their energy.
  • Hosting a fireside chat with Cornell Verdeja-Woodson, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at Headspace, on the importance of being able to show up authentically.
  • Encouraging our employees to take advantage of our Flex My Way program, designed to ensure employees have the flexibility to care for themselves and their families, to deliver for our customers, and build a sustainable career.

I am proud of the ongoing commitment and focus we have on mental health and well-being at Thomson Reuters. Our people are our competitive advantage and we’re committed to supporting them so they cultivate healthier mindsets and behaviors that support their mental health and well-being.