Wellbeing in the Workplace
Date Added: August 25, 2021
In the UK, nearly 1 in 7 people experience mental health issues in the workplace. Poor work-life balance, long hours, tough targets, high stress, difficult clients and colleagues and financial worries can take a physical and mental toll.
Staff and their management team should work together to take care of their wellbeing in the workplace. Happy and healthy staff can benefit everyone. Staff are more engaged, morale is high and job satisfaction is secured, meaning productivity soars, sales increase and sick leave is kept at a minimum. So what can you do to look after your wellbeing?
- Some people may be wary of ‘complaining’ about their wellbeing needs to their employer. However, communication of any physical or mental issue is key. All employers have a responsibility to support the wellbeing of their staff. But they need to know the situation in order to do it.
- Create open communication with colleagues about mental health. Encouraging these conversations helps create an atmosphere of openness and tolerance in the workplace. Over time, this cultivates a company culture of acceptance and openness.
- Make the most of your lunch break – Take a break from the phone or laptop and get some fresh air. Do something personally gratifying such as reading a book, eating a healthy snack, sitting in the sunshine and take a breather.
- Look after yourself. Eat well, stay hydrated, exercise regularly, get enough sleep and maintain a good social life.
Work Life balance
- Create clear boundaries between work and home. If you do need to bring work home with you, keep a designated area for work. It’ll be a lot easier to shut away when you are finished.
- Often our work requires us to work overtime to ensure we meet deadlines but try and make this an exception and not the norm. Working extra can have it’s toll on your productiveness and health.
- Use your travel home to wind down. Whether you are driving home, walking or using public transport, listen to music or read a book to unwind from work.
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