Enhancing health and happiness at work
Ever wondered how you could improve your wellbeing at work? With the blurring of our personal and professional lives, there are greater pressures on our time. Consuming more content than ever before and getting distracted by a plethora of devices, we seem to have fewer hours in the day to get our work done. As a consequence, we’re putting more pressure on ourselves to perform in the office. Last year, stress and mental health disorders overtook back pain and other musculoskeletal disorders as the biggest long-term health problem and cause of sickness absence for the first time. So how can we improve our health and happiness in the workplace?
Here, I offer my top tips to avoid stress and build personal resilience…
Maintaining health and happiness at workTop tips to avoide stress and build personal resilience
The benefit of wellbeing@work:
- Health related costs are reduced on average by 41%
- Happy, healthy employees take 41% fewer sick days
- Employees who are healthy in mind and body stay 80% more "on task" (compared to 40% for unhappy employees)
- Lower attrition rates - healthy and happy staff are 81% less likely to look for a new job
1. Take a breakWorking hour after hour without a break is not productive. Take a break or go for a coffee to clear your mind. Instead of sitting in a meeting room for hours, organise a walk or talk meeting to discuss the topics on the agenda with you colleagues.
2. Build strong, Positive relationshipsGet a solid support network around you for reassurance when needed. They will help you have fun together but will also help you solve problems. make time to meet with colleagues, family and friends face to face. Sharing thoughts over drinks or going out for lunch together will lift your mood.
3. Laugh out loudPeople tend to lose their sense of humour when stressed, but laughter is the best medicine as it relieves tension. Place a photo of your family, pet or favourite hobby on your desk or on your screen. Science has proven that a quick glance at something you love always makes you smile.
4. Be mindfulMindfulness will help you focus your attention on your thoughts and emotions, through practices such as meditation. Use tools like guided imagery - a technique that directs the imagination through narration. This is an excellent form of relaxation and combined with deep breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth, can be used to reduce your heart rate.
5. Learn from experienceIf you make a mistake, accept what has happened and move on. Don't dwell on what could have been and most importantly, don't let it define you.
6. Reduce email overloadSet a zero email ambition to declutter your inbox. Pick up the phone or go and talk to colleagues. Switch off the new email alert, and set allocated times in your diary to look at email. Introduce a social business network, like blueKiwi, to encourage innovation and creativity.
7. Embrace flexible workingIn the digital era, we're more connected than ever. Equip yourself with the communication tech and collaboration platforms to work with colleagues virtually, whenever and wherever you are in the world to ensure a better work/life balance.
8. Set yourself goalsGloals will enable you to measure yourself against personal targets and will give you some direction and drive to know where you're going, both in terms of career and personal objectives.
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