How To Stay Mentally Healthy In Recruitment
How to stay mentally healthy in recruitment
1 in 4 people will be affected by Mental Health issues at some point in their life. Let that stat sink in. “Mental Health” is not a buzzword, it’s not the flavour of the month – it’s a real issue that needs to be tackled.
Recruitment is perceived as an industry in which people are the scum off the earth - we get told to fuck off on a daily basis, we don’t care for candidates or clients as long as we get paid and we are supposedly surrounded by larger than life Jordan Belfort wannabe’s.
This isn’t the case – to work in recruitment you have to be resilient, you have to be persistent and you have to be mentally tough. It’s a tough industry to crack and even tougher industry to remain at the top.
You will need a break!
It’s a demanding industry, you’re working longer hours than most, and every day can be draining. The first bit of advice I can give, is that you will need a break. You can’t be expected to work at a million miles an hour every minute of every day it’s not possible. So when you go for lunch – make sure you take your full hour. If you are making a coffee after your morning calls, spend 5 minutes having a catch up about Game of Thrones in the Kitchen. If you want an afternoon snack from the shop, go and get it! 5 minutes break in the Morning or Afternoon can make the world of difference.
The Clients have finished for the day. So why haven’t you?
Clients will not work around the clock. As soon as they leave their office doors, more often than not they are done for the day. When you go home from work, don’t be constantly checking or replying to emails. Don’t be chasing candidates. You are finished for the day – concentrate on the important things such as family and friends. Go for a beer. Don’t have work on your mind 24/7.
You’re on holiday – act like it!
I’m guilty of this one myself, you’re on holiday – you have 5 final interviews lined up for the week while you are away and you’re constantly chasing your colleagues on how they are doing. Have some trust in your co-workers. You’ve booked some time off for a reason. Don’t be that person that calls up from Marbella to see if Jonny’s final interview went well. Switch off.
The Most Important – TALK.
It’s OK not to feel OK. If things are tough and you’re not feeling yourself. Please don’t bottle it up. It’s only going to make it worse. I’d suggest talking to your line manager, they will understand and they will be there as a support network. If they aren’t then I’d suggest the company has a cultural problem and it’s not your fault. If talking to your manager isn’t easy then talk to a colleague you trust – regardless of the level. Sometimes it’s good to get things off your chest. If you don’t want to talk to anyone at work then talk to Friends, Family, a Doctor or seek help from one of the amazing charities listed below.