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Achieving Stronger Operational Results Through Compassion with Mike Bushman

Poor employee mental health is costing your business money and time: two very critical, but limited resources. In place of examining their workplace environment, however, most employers will instead place the blame entirely on their workers, making the deadly mistake of losing them. In this episode, Jacob Moore hosts Mike Bushman, who shares about the cost advantage of retaining employees, and the simple method of employing compassion to keep your passion alive and profits SOARing.

What you’ll learn from this episode:

  1. The 3rd principle in RISE, AIM, SOAR: SOAR

  2. The real-life cost of poor mental health in the workplace

  3. How to approach every situation with compassion

During his long tenure as a leader, Mike has learned many lessons about guiding his employees through difficult times. He quickly found that investing time into skilled employees makes a real-life difference, and approaching every situation with a compassionate mindset can be the difference between poor business performance and great success.

"When I'm struggling, my natural instinct is to withdraw. And what I've learned is that that's exactly when I need to reach out to my brothers, my friends, and other people that I know I'm going to have positive interaction with. Even though I might feel exhausted pretty quickly in dealing with that interaction, I need it." - Mike Bushman


[01:30] - The real cost of poor mental health in the workplace

[05:05] - The Hedge Fund study

[10:00] - The importance of connection in difficult times

[12:00] - Taking the right approach as a service leader

[20:15] - Mike's story of making the wrong call, and the lessons he learned

[23:00] - Help workplace brains function optimally

About Mike Bushman:

Mike Bushman is a writer, speaker and trainer focused on mental health and suicide prevention. Mike serves as a board member with the Illinois Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), a volunteer with NoStigmas and as a Youth and Teen Mental Health First Aid Instructor. Mike is the author of books Pain to Purpose: Teaching Teens to Lead, Foster and Engage the JKB Way and Suicide Escape that dive into the complexities of mental health. Mike created an evidence-based, vetted workplace mental health training program built on research, personal mental health experiences and years of managing individuals with various mental health challenges. He facilitated research groups on disclosure considerations for suicide attempt survivors for the National Consortium on Stigma and Empowerment. In addition to Youth and Teen Mental Health First Aid, Mike regularly conducts More Than Sad, Talk Saves Lives and other training programs on behalf of AFSP and has extensively shared his personal story of recovery and hope.

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About Jacob Moore:

Jacob Moore is the creator of 5 Bridges to Wellness and the founder of NoStigmas mental health support community. As an empowered childhood suicide loss survivor, Jacob writes and speaks internationally about trauma, holistic wellness design and thriving despite mental illness. In addition to being an avid user of both nature and dog therapy, Jacob practices meditation, yoga and martial arts to support his mental wellness. He splits his time between Chicago and the open road.

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