3 tips for better health and wellbeing in the workplace
A new study carried out by YouGov on behalf of Virgin has found that more than half of all employees suffer from burnout, severe anxiety and physical and emotional exhaustion in the workplace.
In this time of austerity, both employees and employers have had to adapt to increasing demands being placed on their time, resource and capacity. The moments where we can ‘switch off’ and ‘unplug’ can often feel like they’re few and far between.
Deadlines, the constant barrage of emails, endless meetings and even the constant stream of social media all combine to leave our minds feeling frazzled, our energy spent and our bodies wearied by the effort.
Yet having a healthy workforce, who enjoy their jobs and an employer who values wellbeing, can have a dramatic effect on morale, productivity and efficiency. Beyond this, the strength of our mental, physical and emotional wellbeing has to be the foundations that our personal and professional lives are built on.
Creating workplaces that promote better wellbeing won’t eliminate stress but they help body and mind deal with stress in a more productive way. Creating positive, healthy and nurturing working environments is the responsibility of both the employer and the employee; it’s a two-way street and both need to buy into the contract.
Here’s a few tips to set you off on the right path:
- It’s all about the people.
For any company, people are the most important resource. Invest in people and then they will thrive. This can be anything from implementing flexible working hours to making sure the health and wellbeing of staff is always at the top of the agenda. Investing in people doesn’t just mean investing in staff, but investing in customers too. Happy staff means happy customers. Combine these two and all of a sudden success speaks for itself.
- Communicate effectively
Communication in the workplace should be consistent, open, honest and transparent; a huge amount of emotional and mental stress can stem from a lack of communication.
Good communication is the driving force behind every successful business. After all, an people who don’t know what’s expected of them is unlikely to perform to their full potential. Be clear and positive in your communication at work and others will pick up on it.
- Be healthy!
This is the most important one of all. Most of us need to do a much better job of looking after ourselves, especially when we’re at work. If you have the luxury then work in ‘sprints’ where you have concerted bursts of energy before taking 5 minutes away from a screen, a phone or a desk.
Get active at work, whether through after-hours clubs or lunch-time yoga sessions. Group activities are a great way for teams to bond and help relieve pressure that people might be feeling.
Healthy eating and drinking at work is another one that will be key to making sure the focus is always there. Lose the sugary snacks and replace them with raw veg and fruit while drinking plenty of water. It’ll mean higher energy levels and improved mental sharpness.
And if you ever get the chance, walk or cycle into the office. It means you’ll get a hit of endorphins rushing through your system before you settle into to the work routine.
How you can survive in the office without the occasional spinal adjustment, we have no idea. If you want your spine and nervous system to shut down completely – sitting at a computer is a great way of doing this. A chiropractic adjustment we see as a great way of keeping your body moving, your nervous system alert and prevent poor postural habits from sedentary habits.
We’re devoted to the promotion of health, wellbeing and restoring the body’s normal function and can help you find the right strategy to achieve this is all aspects of your life. To find out more call us today on 020 8003 4955.