Welcome back to the Daily Gratitude Minute. This is Scott Colby. I want to talk a little bit about. Workplace wellness. Now, a Surgeon General's report that just came out declared that toxic workplaces can be harmful to a person's mental health due to factors like long hours, chronic stress, and being underpaid.
Now, that's pretty obvious. The report highlights that 76% of workers in the US have at least one symptom of a mental health condition. While up to 84% of people said their workplaces contributed to mental health issues, these numbers are incredibly high. The surgeon general outlined five essentials that would help workplaces support well.
These include protection from harm, connection, and community opportunity for growth matter at work and work life harmony. Now, all these are important. My eyes are drawn to connection and community because it's something that I talk about in my keynotes when I'm speaking at conferences and in into organizations.
So how can you have more connection and community in the workplace? Well, lots of ways you could do that, but something I talk about is just asking meaningful question to spark meaningful conversations. Really to help you get to know your coworkers on a more intimate level so that you can have a deeper relationship, possibly even friendship.
Friendships at work have been shown to. Correlated with happiness in the workplace. So how do you ask questions or know what questions to ask? Well, I designed the Grateful Deck, which is 120 questions to spark meaningful conversations. You could do use these questions in the workplace. I just drew one at random so you can get an idea of what one of the questions is like.
The question says if you could spend a day off work doing one thing that you love, what would it be and why? So if you ask a coworker this question, you can get to know a little bit about one of their hobbies and why they started to like that hobby. And that can give you some insight about this person.
So, if you want to download all 120 questions digitally, you can go to gratitudetoolkit.com, put in your email address, and I'll send you all 120 questions in the Grateful Deck. These questions are great for perhaps starting a meeting, or maybe you can pull a coworker from work and go through a few of the questions and just go back and forth and create a bond between you and one of your coworkers.
And if you want to purchase the physical deck that I'll mail to you, I've got 'em over at my website sayitwithgratitude.com. I'm Scott Colby from Say It With Gratitude, and this has been the Daily Gratitude Minute. Cheers.