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Why leaders need to advocate for their employees’ mental health, according to Cat Triviño

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — The first hybrid session of adobo SheCreative on July 28, entitled “Fearless Future — The New Culture of Work” explored how tomorrow’s workspaces could look, particularly for the well-being of creative workers. The event included a deep dive into the data of MindNation by their Co-founder and Head of Communications, Cat Triviño.

MindNation is an innovative mental health and well-being organization that has grown globally as a trusted partner for organizations and communities alike; it provides mental health services and training to businesses in Asia-Pacific.

During her presentation, Cat made a compelling case crunching the numbers that weigh down the Filipino workforce with stress, worry, and anxiety. She named the top challenges to mental health as the following:

  • Covid-19 fears (80%)
  • Financial pressure (47%)
  • Personal matters (44%)
  • Work performance pressure (44%)
  • Trying to juggle handling work and family together (25%)

Cat also revealed that one in five employees has mental health concerns and that employees lose 2.4 hours of productivity daily which costs companies a whopping $400 billion every year.

She told adobo Magazine that data is not just for the big organizational decisions but to implement policies that affect cultural change as well.

“Not taking care of employees’ well-being shows in the output, shows in the productivity, or the lack thereof, and shows in their willingness to even contribute and do good work in the organization.”

For Cat, leaving behind the personal before entering the door to work cannot and should not be the norm any longer, as mental health is not only a factor in an employee’s productivity but is also key to a business’ overall health and sustainability.

“They don’t feel like they belong if their values and their overall well-being are not respected and valued as well.”

An integral part of cultural change is a leader’s acknowledgment that these challenges exist. By doing so, they build on the trust of their employees that their mental well-being comes first. In the discussion, Cat posed the question: Do employees trust their leaders enough to tell them the truth when they’re really struggling?

Cat also touched on this when asked about where the future is headed. “Even CEOs themselves and managers themselves [are] involved in the discussions on mental health and well-being programs and that’s an exciting advancement that we’re seeing especially for Filipino organizations.”

Her hopes include companies taking an active step in making mental health and well-being the core of their business. This is anchored on studies and data of MindNation that they bridge on to experts to provide services to maintain a purpose-driven workforce.

Summing up, Cat said, “There are these almost invisible challenges that they have to also face to make sure that their organization is as healthy and as safe and as productive as possible.”


Every month, adobo Magazine gathers influential female speakers in a breakfast session to celebrate the power and innate talents of women, as well as their ability to create a positive impact on culture, creative industries, business, and communities — providing a platform for women to connect, educate, and support each other in their endeavors and achievements. We explore the power and possibilities of an all-women network as we gather the country’s most influential Filipinas who are instrumental in taking the first step toward creating a strong community of female leaders in Asia.

In case you missed this session, you can watch the video-on-demand here.


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