As a community service, and in response to soaring rates of anxiety from the economic impacts of COVID-19 in our community, Business Agility are offering free business coaching sessions on Friday afternoons, called 'Freebie Friday.'
The negative impacts of COVID-19 on businesses and economic conditions are undeniable. What is far less widely formally reported, is the impact it appears to be having on mental health and suicide rates.
As a former CEO of a Chamber of Commerce that provided advocacy and support for thousands of business owners, I have seen first hand the impacts that adverse economic conditions can have on business owners and their families. For this and for so many other reasons, I am also an advocate for open, frank and fearless discussions about mental health so that people can get the support that they need when they need it.
Some of our colleagues in the Australian banking sector are advising that times remain quite
tough for businesses and they believe that suicides as a result of COVID-19 are currently being under-reported. This aligns with the fact that organisations such as the Black Dog Institute and others are calling for urgent research to tackle the impact of COVID-19 on mental health. In one of our recent blogs, we shared that the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has also advised that anti-anxiety medication prescription rates have soared up by 31% as a result of COVID-19.
So What Are We Doing About This?
At Business Agility, we believe that successful businesses are governed by great leaders and competent managers. Our purpose therefore is to nurture leaders to create high-performance teams and to run successful businesses. Why? Because businesses are the engine room of the economy, which support happy families and healthy communities. This is why we do what we do. Read more about our values here.
Introducing 'Freebie Friday'
In support of our overarching purpose, we will be launching our 'Freebie Friday' initiative which provides business owners with access to a free consultation session with Deb Banning, transformational business coach, to discuss a business issue or question, on a Friday afternoon. No cost. No sales. No strings attached.
The Friday afternoon sessions offered make up only 10% of available time in a week. Even though this is a small 'drop in the ocean' contribution, this is our way to help where we can. This is our way of giving back to our community - our way to help those who may not be able to currently afford business coaching to keep their business running and keep their people employed. Given that we currently have high unemployment rates, we hope that this gift gives hope to struggling business owners and makes a positive difference to the lives of others in our community.
Business owners wanting to take up this offer can instantly schedule their free session with Deb Banning via this link. Rest assured that all enquiries will be handled with the strictest of confidentiality. Please feel free to share this post with anyone who could benefit from this service.
Consultations are to be booked in advance and are available from 12pm to 5pm AWST. Limit of one session per business applies. Offer expires 31 August 2020 and is made at the complete discretion of Business Agility Pty Ltd and may be withdrawn at any time. Acceptance of our standard terms and conditions found on our website also apply.
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