Promoting a ‘can-do’ attitude

The newly launched KANapp from KAN Employee Wellbeing promises a fresh and innovative approach to workplace mental health for the fenestration, home improvement, and construction related sectors.

KAN systemises and embeds an organisation-wide drive towards healthy emotional habits and a ‘KAN do attitude’, with the aim of creating a proactive, empowering and preventative mental health culture in the workplace.

The KANapp combines pocket-based nuggets of training, check-ins and initiatives, taking an educative and engaging approach which compounds over time. By working towards a KAN do attitude, the individual employee is gently encouraged to learn and implement aspects of positive psychology applicable both professionally and personally, the company said.

“The stigma around mental health in the workplace tends to mean companies take a reactive rather than proactive, preventative approach,” KAN founder Kate Ashley- Norman said. “Through embedding an organisation-wide programme of culture change based on a dynamic internal communications framework, companies can build towards a potential return on investment of up to £9 for every £1 invested.

“Mental distress is not an overnight phenomenon, but the result of a compounding of various issues and factors. Our aim is to reverse that compounding effect away from building on the negative over time, to building on the positive.”

The KANapp enables a company to bring good emotional habits onto the factory floor, onto construction and installation sites, out on the road, into the office, and into the home office – in fact, anywhere that your employees need to work.

It creates a commonality of language and attitude to encourage everyone to approach their working day with an empowered, problem solving mindset.

“It’s been a hard year on everybody, and even the best of us feel as though we are running on empty, which is why it is important to replenish those levels of emotional strength and resilience,” Kate said. “It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day slog, and forget to take care of your own thinking.”