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Does banter stop us from talking about our mental health?

Posted by Tracy Powley 09/11/21


We are delighted to have teamed up with the professional body for the financial services sector CISI to create a survey to find out more about the impact banter has on us, about how we feel at work, and whether we are able to speak up about how we feel.

In the month when the Movember movement is urging us all - but particularly men - to “Go beyond banter” this seems a particularly urgent question.

Movember comment “Being a man of more words isn’t about dialing up the banter. It’s about carving out space for meaningful chats about the bigger stuff in life”.*

And organisations have a vital role to play here; how many of us - and particularly men - would open up and talk more, if a culture of “banter” prevails at work? How many would keep quiet, rather than risk being laughed at or made the center of the joke? 

Our survey will help shine a light on this important topic - and, critically, help us identify and share what organisations can do about it. Your views will really help us understand more.

This survey is completely anonymous and confidential and takes about 10-12 mins to complete.

The outcomes will be published by CISI and Focal Point and we hope will lead to a greater understanding of this issue and give us valuable insights to work with.

The survey is open until 19th November 2021, please click here to start the survey, and please also share the link widely with your network.

Thank you so much for helping with such an important area of mental health.

To get in contact with us, call on 01903 732 782, email, or contact us.

*Movember have a range of resources to help support men who may be struggling such as Movember conversations.

Tracy Powley
Tracy Powley

The way we behave towards each other in the workplace has a direct impact on individual wellbeing, team performance and organisational results. This belief has underpinned our work at Focal Point for over 20 years and has never been more relevant. We are privileged to work with a huge variety of organisations wanting to get workplace behaviour and culture right - and to tackle the inappropriate behaviour that may get in the way of this. Supported by our fantastic team of facilitators and coaches, we are able to make a real difference to peoples’ lives as well as organisational performance. Having worked in both large businesses at management level and in 2 start ups at director level, I am able to combine hands on experience of growing and managing teams - and the associated challenges in creating the right culture - with over 20 years in learning and development. I hold the Certificate in Training Practice and am a member of CIPD. When I am not supporting clients or developing the Focal Point business, you will find me in a calming yoga class...

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