How to Make 2017 Healthier at Work
By Cameron Young
Organizations across the world have an increased desire to improve employee wellbeing. Improving holistic wellbeing in the workplace will lead to a better workday and better work performance.
Here are five ways to make this your healthiest year at work.
Get on your feet
It’s a positive for your physical wellbeing to get out of your desk chair at frequent intervals throughout the day. Take a walk around the office, go visit a friend in a different department, simply stand up and stretch; all are good for giving your mind and body a break.
Get moving, seek out nature
It’s true that a brisk walk outside or a little jog can boost your physical wellbeing, just getting outside for a few minutes can improve your cognitive wellbeing. Research shows us nature has the ability to help us refocus, reset and lessen stress. So, take a meeting outside or consider taking a few laps around the parking lot while you talk.
Taking a lunch hour or a 10 min break can allow you to do more than grab a snack. Finding times to socialize is an important part of today’s experience at work. Social connections and relationships allow people to feel a sense of belonging and see their relationship to the organization leading to a sense of purpose in their work.
By finding a private space to get away, we give ourselves the opportunity to practice mindfulness, to concentrate and to come up with new ideas. It’s only when we remove ourselves from the group and find solitude that we can absorb information, generate our own point of view and become better collaborators.
Research has shown employees who think they have good work-life balance work 21% harder than ones who don’t. It’s not just a psychological effect either; stressed and fatigued brains closely resemble ones that are asleep. Seek out spots for rejuvenation. There’s a reason you have your best ideas in the shower or driving to work. Your brain needs time to unwind.
These are just a few ideas to help you make 2017 your healthiest year yet.