On Corporate Wellbeing: Putting People First.
This is reality @work: Stress, Sleep Deprivation, Depression.
We all know it: the sedentary, technology-driven, fast-paced work environments are killing us. Or at least they cause a lot of discomforts, physiological and psychological pain. As you may know, the numbers are shocking:
- 80% of CEOs suffer from chronic stress
- 40% of employees are overweight
- 50% of the workforce does not do any exercise
There are two sides to the story, company and the employee. There is the issue of costly absenteeism or even worse presenteeism, lack of concentration and resulting decreased performance. Poor health of employees is expensive.
Yet, at the same time, one has to raise the question how we look after ourselves at work, as a social entity, a group of fellow humans. The issue is a complex one including the responsibility of the individual as well as the company that sets a certain context.
As an obvious reminder, employee vitality increases business performance. So, in this month’s worksheet, we’ll provide some low-cost ideas on how to tweak a few habits at work that will incite healthier ones.
“Physical energy is the raw fuel for igniting our emotional skills and talents.”
J. Loehr & T. Schwartz
Corporate wellbeing is more than just exercise programs and healthy food options at work. To get an overview of what is involved, we recommend the book “Wellbeing The Five Essential Elements” by Tom Rath & Jim Harter, as well as “The Power of Full Engagement” by J. Loehr & T. Schwartz.
If you haven’t read it yet, maybe you would like to watch Tom Rath’s TED video first and try our Worksheet with simple exercises on how to change your mindset.
**Quick peek into our WORKSHEET**
Putting it into practice
- Cleanse the Mind!
A quick visualisation or mindfulness exercise at lunchtime. Ideas here.
- Boost your Vitamin intake!
Provide a basket full of apples, oranges and other seasonal fruits (reduce refined sugar options such as biscuits and chocolate at meetings)
- Connect to People
Once a week have lunch with a colleague and go for a stroll afterwards. Breathe fresh air, and bathe your face in day’s light.
_Take it further! 10min
…take it further and deepen the learning by doing the exercises suggested on our worksheet related to corporate wellbeing, here.
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