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Mental Health Awareness Month: Spotlight

Sonali Sitaram
Author: Sonali Sitaram
Date: May 23, 2022
Tags: Diversity, Inclusion, Mental Health, Our Team, Spotlight

Amergis Healthcare Staffing is committed to upholding our core values, including:

Accordingly, our Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) board highlights the story of one team member each month in our Spotlight blogs. This month, we celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month by chatting with Jalyssa Dugrot, a National Recruitment Manager (NRM) in Tampa, Florida. For more information about our company culture and how we support our team members, visit us online.

Q & A with Jalyssa

How did you come to join Amergis?

I was at a point in my career where I was searching for a company that would allow me to utilize my strengths and channel my creativity to become successful in my own way. [Amergis] doesn’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach and allows their employees to be individuals and market themselves, which I love. I started out as an NRM trainee, then I was promoted to NRM shortly after. It’s been so rewarding and I’ve learned so much.

What advice do you have for employees to get involved at Amergis?

I would say to not be afraid to make friends and get to know people. When I first started, I was shy and kept to myself. Since then, participating in team get-togethers and volunteering has brought me out of my shell. Also, people should create goals and stick to them. Finding others that share the same goals as you make achieving those goals much more enjoyable. Remember to network with your peers and always keep an open mind.

Based on your definition of diversity, how has diversity contributed to you achieving success in your current position?

Always being a student to those who are different from me has contributed to my success in human resources and recruiting. I believe when you work for a company whose culture is built on integrity, dedication and inclusivity, it opens more doors for expansion and innovation. All types of people from different backgrounds, experiences and customs come together in the workplace and exchange ideas and information. We don’t realize it, but we learn how to deal with others and propel our peers forward a little each day when we share perspectives and concepts.

This May, we celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month. Can you share your background on why this month is so important to you?

Mental Health Awareness Month is important because spreading awareness sheds light on how our psychological well-being plays a role in our ability to function and be productive every day. For example, I have bipolar disorder. This means I experience extreme highs and lows. Understanding that bipolar disorder can disrupt memory and make you more sensitive to stressful situations makes it imperative to understand your triggers.

So, when I encounter stressful or busy periods in the workplace, I know that I need to take more five-minute breaks. I might take a walk down the hall or read a book at my desk just to distract myself a little. Educating co-workers, friends and family will help provide the necessary awareness and resources to break down the stigmas surrounding mental health disorders.

How do you unwind after a long day of work?

Typically, I’ll come home and get snuggles from my dog and listen to music or a podcast. I’m also a big comfort food gal. My husband will cook or purchase some of my favorite meals most days. It makes unwinding after a long day something to look forward to. We’ll also watch a reality TV show we enjoy on Netflix.

Find Support in the Workplace at Amergis Healthcare Staffing

Our Amergis team members are the heartbeat of our company. As such, we strive to ensure that all of our employees feel seen, heard and respected. Explore our website to learn more about our core values or visit our jobs site today.

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