5 Secrets for Wellbeing in the Workplace

The wellbeing of employees should be high on the priority list for UK employers, with recent figures showing that in 2020-21, stress, depression and anxiety accounted for 50% of all work-related health cases.  To coincide with Stress Awareness Week (9th – 15th May), the co-authors of Success Secrets for Wellbeing share their top tips for wellbeing in the workplace.

Make back health a key focus

Back pain can be rather costly to businesses as it can lead to sick leave and reduced productivity. Nichola Adams, the founder of Inspired Ergonomics, specialising in providing highly effective solutions to reduce and prevent back pain in the workplace says:

“Covid has shone the light on the need to be human-centric, addressing wellbeing for the whole person. Using a holistic ergonomic approach to keeping your body healthy by paying attention to your posture, eating well, moving well and reducing stress levels can make a significant difference to your pain levels. It can take as little as two weeks for a body to reverse the damage to repetitive stressors if addressed early on.”

Encourage monotasking in the workplace

With never-ending to-do lists, multitasking has become the norm for many employees. However, one study found that just 2.5% of people are able to multitask effectively, meaning that for the rest of us our attempts at trying to do many things at once simply result in errors and unnecessary stress. With a mission to make the most intelligent people in the room the best leaders in their field, entrepreneur, speaker, coach and trainer Christian Espinosa says that we should be looking to monotasking, not multitasking.

“Monotasking focuses on one thing (task, thought, or person) at a time. Monotasking has a myriad of benefits, including reducing stress, increasing productivity, and improving relationships. It removes the desire to attempt everything simultaneously and eliminates the anxiety caused by feeling like you might miss something. Monotasking increases productivity because it shifts you from busy to productive. It reclaims your agenda through intentional and prioritised use of your time,” explains Christian.

Let go of the pursuit of happiness

Many of us live in a relentless pursuit of happiness at home and at work. We are constantly consuming ‘happiness marketing’ and it’s now very easy to compare ourselves to others on social media that seem to have it all. In the comparative world in which we live in now, it can be difficult to accept the struggles we face. Author, speaker and coach on personal fulfilment and heart-focused leadership Gaia Ferreira, believes that fear, worry, sadness, anger, hurt, guilt, and shame are valuable human emotions.

“They give us information about our environment and show us where our expectations and reality are not aligned. Focus on feeling fulfilled instead. We can recognise fulfilment because of the sense of wholeness within us, feeling safe and protected, acceptance for what is, gratitude for all aspects (even the ones we wouldn’t necessarily choose), a feeling of accomplishment, love, responsibility and certainty. When your business is in harmony with the legacy you want to create, the relationships and connections you make are stronger than ever, health is abundant, and finances grow organically,” Gaia explains.

Take intentional breaks to improve attention

As humans, our brain capacity is limited so therefore it’s very easy for it to be overloaded with too much information and a big to-do list. That combined with too much time spent in front of screens, can cause overwhelming burnout and underperformance. Organisational Psychologist and best-selling author Jane Piper says that it’s important to learn how to manage our attention to allow us to perform at our best.

“Learn how to switch off not just your device but also from your thoughts. Technology should help us achieve our goals, not steal our concentration and increase stress. Creating boundaries will allow you to recharge and recover. Short breaks will improve your performance, reducing stress and allowing ideas to bubble up. Paying attention to your attention will help you be more productive in your professional life and enjoy your personal life,” explains Jane.

Build a ‘community’

Loneliness is increasing within businesses, which can have a negative economic impact through the reduction of self-worth, innovation, resilience and motivation. It’s important now more than ever in a post-pandemic world to build a community among employees. Entrepreneur, public speaker and author Penny Power OBE, believes in community-led business growth.

“Imagine building a community that provides a sense of freedom and sharing, of love and caring. It is not hard to imagine the benefits for all when that culture is created. This is community-led business growth; this is not a network. When each person rises, the whole team rises. When we look after the wellbeing of each other, we all feel stronger,” says Penny.

Conclusion

With mounting evidence to say that happy, content and fulfilled employees contribute more to the workplace, as they are more productive and engaged, businesses need to get on board in promoting wellbeing if they want to thrive. There are many things that companies can implement straight away with minimal cost which will result in positive outcomes for not only their people, but for their organisation’s performance too.

Author: Editorial Team

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