Thomson Reuters Corp. is marking Mental Illness Awareness Week and World Mental Health Day with the launch of a new mindfulness practice.
The practice, called ‘be purposefully present,’ is the result of employee discussions and research conducted throughout the year, says Mary Alice Vuicic, chief people officer at Thomson Reuters. “We [want to help] employees 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.”
To ensure management can be as supportive as possible, Thomson Reuters is also providing its people leaders with a new training program and resources guide that will help them lead a mentally healthy workplace, says Vuicic.
All employees also receive two paid mental health days per year, with the organization encouraging them to use one in October. This year’s theme is ‘renewing your energy’ and Thomson Reuters is encouraging employees to use the tools provided so they can be at their best, says Vuicic.
“Energy renewal looks different for each individual and can include new ways of working, time for self-care practices like sleep, exercise and meditation and time for deeper connections with friends and colleagues.”
Throughout the month, the company will be also hosting internal events, including a fireside chat with Cornell Verdeja-Woodson, the director of diversity, equity and inclusion at Headspace, on the importance of being able to show up authentically.