There's an elephant in your office

There's an elephant in your office

By Ashley Johnson & Andrea Herron
Poor mental health doesn't magically disappear when you clock in for work. It's there. It's real, and finding an appropriate way to deal with it leads to greater success for everyone.

Sisters Ashley and Andrea combine their knowledge in human resources, communication, mental health, and coaching to share practical ways you can help all people be successful in the workplace. That includes the 1 in 5 US adults experiencing a mental illness in a given year, as well as their co-workers and managers.

Join the authors for honest conversations and straightforward answers to tough questions.
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Being an Ally in the Workplace: Words That Work.
What is BIPOC? Can I say "trans" without offending people? How many letters are supposed to be in LGBTQIA and what do they all mean?!  In honor and recognition of Pride Month, Black Lives Matter, social justice, and minority mental health, Ashley and Andrea devote this podcast to highlighting the unique struggles faced by people who identify with multiple marginalized identities and talk about ways we can all be better allies.*  Learning the language is an important first step if you want to engage in conversations about race, disparities, and justice. Ashley uses the UC Davis LGBTQIA Resource Center Glossary to define several words that keep popping up in the news and which ones are most appropriate to use.   Andrea shares the Project Implicit website and the quizzes you can take to uncover your hidden biases about race, gender, age, disability, and more. There's also a 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge where you do one action to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity each day for 21 days. If you love checklists, definitely try Dr. John Raible’s Checklist for Allies Against Racism. Read through the checklist to get a feel for what constitutes ally behavior on the part of anti-racists, and think about how often and how consistently you do any or all of them.  Other great resources:  The Angry Black Woman: The Do’s and Don’ts of Being a Good Ally  The White Ally Toolkit/Ally Conversation Toolkit helps anti-racism allies do their part in the fight against racism by empowering and equipping them with best practice communications skills based on listening, storytelling, and compassion.   Racial justice educator and writer Debby Irving, on her website, gives us "a small sampling of what the racial justice community has offer."  Safe Space Radio: Talking to White Kids About Race & Racism.  MHA and NAMI have all the data you want related to Prevalence of Mental Health Conditions in Specific Populations.  The Netflix documentary, 13th, reviews the Thirteenth Amendment and analyzes the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.  If you want to donate, here's a list of Black Lives Matter and Black Lives Matter LGBTQ charities who need support.   *Ashley and Andrea 100% recognize their privilege as white women and want to connect people with the experts and tools they need to engage in important conversations.   Buy the book, There's an Elephant in Your Office, on our website elephantinyouroffice.com or on Amazon. Hire us to train your workforce on incorporating mental health into all kinds of businesses. Find us on social - Instagram @elephantinyouroffice; FB @ASJexplains
29:28
June 18, 2020
Expert Information and Resources
Calls to crisis lines and mental health providers continue to increase as people struggle to deal with a wave of emotions. For many, the COVID-19 pandemic, quarantine, and now racial unrest have pushed them beyond normal limits of stress. They are in unfamiliar territory and seeking solutions. For this episode, we've called in the experts and gathered up the most useful resources for people needing to address poor mental health. Please share these numbers and web addresses with anyone and everyone because anxiety, depression, and other types of poor mental health aren't visible on the surface and you never know who may need them. #CubicleCamouflage    Special thanks to Emily Reidford, Executive Director of Mental Health America Vanderburgh County* for her insight.  Resources: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-TALK (8255)  Veterans Crisis Line and Military Crisis Line - 1-800-273-8255 (press option 1) Trevor Project (LGBTQ) - 1-866-488-7386  Call them if you are thinking about killing yourself or are having a mental health crisis. Alternative to calling: Text HOME to 741741 to message with a trained crisis counselor.   If you are not in immediate danger or crisis but need help and someone safe to talk to, try calling a warm line. List of warm lines by state; These websites have trusted information and helpful tools: Mental Health America Screening Page ; NAMI ; Trevor Project Buy the book, There's an Elephant in Your Office, on our website elephantinyouroffice.com or on Amazon. Hire us to train your workforce on incorporating mental health into all kinds of businesses. Find us on social - Instagram @elephantinyouroffice; FB @ASJexplains *Mental Health America Vanderburgh County is located in southwest Indiana, near the city of Evansville. It's a local affiliate of MHA.
20:35
June 1, 2020
Rampaging Pachyderms
Sometimes people have a total meltdown or serious outburst in the workplace. It can be scary to experience, especially if you are the target of the disruptive event! In this episode, Andrea shares some of the things she's seen during her career and... wow... human resources professionals should win all of the awards for grace under pressure. You can also learn some tips for de-escalating a situation and how following your procedures actually helps the employee and the business.  #CubicleCamouflage #RampagingPachyderms #Elephantinyouroffice Buy the book, There's an Elephant in Your Office, on our website elephantinyouroffice.com or on Amazon. Hire us to train your workforce on incorporating mental health into all kinds of businesses. Find us on social - Instagram @elephantinyouroffice; FB @ASJexplains
26:39
May 9, 2020
Invisible Elephants
In this episode, Ashley and Andrea will tell you about people who manage a mental illness and work expectations every day -- the invisible elephants. Invisible elephants are employees with a mental illness who are high-functioning enough to hold a job. They are stealthy and blend into the office environment using the powers of cubicle camouflage. They hate surprises and fear being asked to come into the boss's office and "shut the door." Learn some great tips from HR expert Andrea about supporting staff members who live with some kind of mental health disorder, and hear a first-hand account from Ashley about being an invisible elephant.  #CubicleCamouflage #InvisibleElephants #Elephantinyouroffice  Buy the book, There's an Elephant in Your Office, on our website elephantinyouroffice.com or on Amazon. Find us on social - Instagram @elephantinyouroffice; FB @ASJexplains   
37:15
April 4, 2020
Navigating work, mental health, and the coronavirus
In this very special episode, Ashley and Andrea address the giant elephant in the office.... the coronavirus. It's impacting how we do business and interact with each other. It's also exacerbating previously well-controlled mental health disorders.  Mentioned in the show - MHA Screening Tool and warmlines. Both are free and highly effective ways to address mental health concerns that aren't quite an emergency.   Buy our book, There's an Elephant in Your Office, on our website elephantinyouroffice.com or on Amazon.  Find us on social - Instagram @elephantinyouroffice; FB @ASJexplains
23:23
March 18, 2020
Amazing Mammoths
Amazing Mammoths are employees struggling to cope with a specific stress. In this episode, Andrea and Ashley will explain how to spot an Amazing Mammoth in the workplace and hear from real people about being distracted while on the clock.  Buy the book, There's an Elephant in Your Office, on our website elephantinyouroffice.com or on Amazon. Find us on social - Instagram @elephantinyouroffice; FB @ASJexplains  
24:27
March 9, 2020
There's an Elephant in Your Office
In the very first episode, sisters and co-hosts Ashley and Andrea explain how a big problem at work led to a book about elephants.  Find us on social: Instagram @elephantinyouroffice; FB @ASJexplains; #CubicleCamouflage
14:10
March 1, 2020