Movember is an annual event where men are encouraged to grow their moustaches for the entire month of November. The idea is to raise awareness around men’s health issues. Examples of health issues include prostate and testicular cancer, men’s mental health and suicide.
Men can often feel ashamed about discussing these health topics and struggle to open up to others. It is reported that 40% of men won’t talk about their mental health. In response, Movember encourages men to take action. Action can be taken by detecting cancer, diagnosis, effective treatments and be aware if they have a family history.
According to the Movember Foundation:
- Around 10.8 million men are facing life with a prostate cancer diagnosis globally
- Men are dying five years earlier than women. This is largely for preventable reasons
- Testicular cancer is the most common cancer among young men
- One man dies by suicide every minute of everyday, with males accounting for 69% of all suicides
Are health topics regularly discussed in your place of work? Movember can be a valuable tool to kick start conversations with your colleagues. Movember can highlight the importance of employers in supporting mental and physical health among males.
How can you recognise Movember in the workplace?
- Host a competition in the office to see who can grow the biggest, craziest or most creative moustache in the office. You could place bets at the start of the month to see who will win and use the pot of money to make a donation to the cause.
- Have a quiz night and ask employees to donate money to purchase a ticket. Examples of rounds could include ‘Who’s moustache is that?’ where you work out who’s celebrities moustache it is.
- If you were feeling wild, you could host a moustache themed party. The idea is that everyone comes dressed up as a moustached celebrity, think Freddie Mercury. Anyone that participates has to make a donation to the Movember Foundation.
- Hold a group shave off at the end of the month. Collate everyone in the office together and watch everyone. You can find out how much money you collected over the month of Movember.
Recognising men’s mental health shouldn’t just be in November. Ensuring employees’ long term health and wellbeing is acknowledged should always be a top priority for employers. Employers can take simple steps to check in with their employees. This could be as simple as taking a coffee break or taking a walk during lunch. Ultimately, employee well being should be on the forefront of every company values.
What are Each Person doing?
Each Person has decided to host “Trash Talks”, an event in support of men’s mental health. The idea is that we are going out in our local area to litter pick (helping the environment) and talk about health topics. What are you doing to recognise Movember?
Each Person is a reward and recognition platform that focuses on promoting wellbeing of employees throughout the year. We have a dedicated Wellbeing Hub where you can access supportive information. The Wellbeing Hub covers topics that assist with employees financial, mental and physical wellbeing. If you want to learn more about how Each Person can help you and your employees, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in our contact page.
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