What is Normal? Reflections on mental health and the hospitality industry

Guest blog by Alex Haupt from 101 Gowrie. Editor’s note: at the end of September, I attended a talk run by Creative Mornings Amsterdam where Alex spoke on the topic “Muse”. He ended up talking quite a bit about mental health and I was really inspired by his presentation. Afterwards, I decided to ask himContinue reading “What is Normal? Reflections on mental health and the hospitality industry”

Finding the right work environment, when there are so many wrong ones

In previous blog posts or videos, I’ve talked a bit about a toxic work environment. And while I worked at Impraise, I got to study a lot about what makes a good company culture. Yet it only ocurred to me not so long ago that there is more than one type of negative or toxicContinue reading “Finding the right work environment, when there are so many wrong ones”

Consciously choosing life over work: how to find a balance

In my last two blog posts I’ve been talking about our relationship with work and how it affects our mental health. Generally speaking, the workplace has a huge impact on us – including our mental health. Working in a negative environment can be really detrimental. If everyone around you is demotivated or unhappy in theirContinue reading “Consciously choosing life over work: how to find a balance”

How we define success at work, and what this means for our mental health

A topic that’s been on my mind for a while is our definition of success, particularly when it comes to our professional lives. Ultimately, I believe it’s the source of a lot of stress, and can end up being the cause of burnout and other mental health issues we experience at work. This blog postContinue reading “How we define success at work, and what this means for our mental health”

Overcoming workplace trauma and restoring your mental health

I often joke that I have PTSD from some of my previous assignments, but if I’m honest with myself, there is some truth to it. Of course it’s not as extreme as for example, for war veterans or victims of abuse – but I genuinely believe that you can leave a work experience feeling scarred.Continue reading “Overcoming workplace trauma and restoring your mental health”

How to react if a colleague tells you they have a mental health problem

Cue: this ridiculous stock image is certainly not the right answer. One of the reasons we’re still struggling to address mental health issues, is because of the stigma that comes with them. In the past (and probably still today), telling someone you were seeing a psychologist was often met with raised eyebrows as if toContinue reading “How to react if a colleague tells you they have a mental health problem”