10 Oct 22

World Mental Health Day: Offering an emotionally safe and empathic workplace

As today is World Mental Health Day, we're happy to share more on our Add Flavour programme. One of the 7 pillars is 'Mental health', as we like to encourage our leaders to be mindful of the wellbeing of their team members.

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Our leaders have the chance to really empower someone. To listen with an open mind and heart when a team member is offering feedback or asking a question. To be someone’s hero of the day.


✓ Empower your people and give them an equal voice. Sharing knowhow, opinions, feedback,... really matters!

✓ To make someone feel heard and understood, avoid saying “Oh yes, the same thing happened to me, but it was even worse because...” When you say something like “I can see that this has really affected you”, people are more likely to feel validated. Things can always be worse, but be sure to stay close to the other's experience. 

✓ Good leaders have the kind of optimistic attitude that inspires the people around them, so that they want to have an active role within the team. By being inquisitive, genuine, and honest in all your interactions, you’ll see positivity flow throughout the team.


Attention for mental wellbeing also means actively sharing words of appreciation and encouragement. At Vandemoortele, we have our HERO cards for everyone: to share a compliment, and make each others day. 

About Vandemoortele

Vandemoortele was founded in 1899 as a Belgian family business, and has continued to grow and develop ever since. Over the last two decades, we became a European food company with leading positions in two product categories: Bakery Products (BP) and Plant-Based Food Solutions. We are known for supplying innovative and high-quality products. 

In 2023, Vandemoortele realised a turnover of around EUR 1.9 billion with 4,080 associates (permanent and temporary). The Vandemoortele Group headquarters are located in Ghent, Belgium. We have commercial offices in 12 European countries, as well as in the United States and Asia. We operate in 29 high-quality production sites all over Europe, in order to ensure proximity to all our key markets. We export from Europe to 72 countries worldwide.

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