Some tips on positive acts Employers can undertake this month. 

IMD is an internationally recognised event which falls in November every year with many organisations and employers looking to give the event some consideration and to see how to take positive action to mark the occasion. The question is, how to mark the event appropriately and in a way which will help those being acknowledged. 

The event is to celebrate men’s lives, achievements and contributions, in particular for their contributions to society, community, family, and childcare. The broader and ultimate aim of the event is to promote basic awareness towards men’s issues. Workplaces around the country are places where role models can be found and recognised for supporting their work colleagues in so many different ways from mentoring, training and supporting. 

One way in which workplaces can mark the event not only on the day but in the weeks surrounding it, is to look at the area of male employees-wellbeing. The actual day falls on the 19th November during a weekend but many workplaces will look to run events throughout the month of November when employees are in work. 


Possible suggestions for marking IMD in the workplace.

Health Checks.

Employers can use the work environment to promote the benefits for men of seeking medical health checks that may ultimately assist in preventing the development of more serious medical conditions. This can include the promotion of national events around men’s health and related campaigns in areas such as prostate cancer awareness. 

Open dialogue between managers and employees. 

Mental health is an issue which affects many in society and a part of assisting employees with the issue of being afraid to discuss this issue within the workplace or to a manager or employer directly is one which can be addressed by setting out an open line of communication if an employee would like to discuss and issue regarding depression, stress, anxiety.

Workplace Fitness Events.

Many employers could consider a fitness programme or a sponsorship related charity event to encourage and create more engagement where such physical activity has been shown to improve physical fitness as well as mental fitness. 

Introduce a fitness regime into your workplace, be it football Friday or a company wide step challenge. By increasing employee fitness, mental and physical organisers will see an increase in positive office based interaction amongst colleagues. It is important to look at the issue of physical health as men in comparison to women, live a shorter life and are more likely to suffer from certain illnesses. This will develop a positive effect and atmosphere in the workplace and improve engagement.

The six pillars to International Men’s Day are;

  • To promote positive male role models: not just movie stars and sports men but everyday, working-class men who are living decent, honest lives.
  • To celebrate men’s positive contributions to society, community, family, marriage, child care, and the environment.
  • To focus on men’s health and wellbeing: social, emotional, physical, and spiritual.
  • To highlight discrimination against men in areas of social services, social attitudes and expectations, and law.
  • To improve gender relations and promote gender equality.
  • To create a safer, better world, where people can be safe and grow to reach their full potential.

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