Today is R U Ok day in Australia. It is a day that we dedicate to remind people to ask family, friends and colleagues the question ‘Are you ok?’ in a meaningful way. Connecting regularly and meaningfully is one thing everyone can do to make a difference and even save lives. Connecting allows compassion and empathy, which encourages trust and in a workplace can be the difference between life and death. The Australian Bureau of Statistics states seven (7) people suicide EVERY day in Australia. That is an incredible number when you put that in the perspective of numbers of workplace accidents and road deaths.
I actively encourage you to be a leader within your work area and spread the message of ‘R U Ok’. Start by having open and non threatening conversations, and encouraging everyone to wear yellow or simply having a friendly chat. Be the leader and ask the meaningful questions, not just today but any day!