5 ways to wellbeing at work for happy, healthy employees
Are you responsible for your company’s wellbeing program?
If yes, read on…
An easy way to kick-start your company’s wellbeing program for this year is by implementing an already established wellness initiative.
Make it easy for yourself. Utilise existing proven materials.
If you haven’t already, check out the Government’s “Five Ways to Wellbeing.”
It’s a great place to start or to refresh your existing employee wellbeing program.
Let me summarise the initiative for you here, together with my added suggestions to help get you started.
Encourage your employees to connect with the people around them. Not only with their work colleagues but also with their family, friends and neighbours.
Investing time in building these connections at work and life outside of work helps build a sense of belonging which will support and enrich them every day.
What can you do?
Connect at work
One way to encourage people back into the office (with an added sprinkling of exercise) is by promoting wellness walking meetings. It doesn’t need to take much effort to organise just someone to come up with the idea. A great way to refresh those struggling with Teams fatigue!
Being around other people can really help boost people’s mood and help them feel connected to the wider world.
Connect with the local community
Investigate how your employees can volunteer to support a local community together as a team. For example, helping out at a local homeless project, writing letters or telephoning the lonely or elderly in the local area. Then, and this is the key bit! give your employees the time and space to make those connections happen.
2. Be active
We’re not designed to sit at our desks for hours on end, so the more you can encourage your people to get up and move about during their working day, the better. Be the example.
A valued client of mine, Skout – The B2B Agency recently embarked on a “walk round the world” team challenge. They achieved it so quickly they decided to walk back again! You can read more about their efforts HERE
Isn’t that a fun and creative way to get your team moving for the greater good?
What else can you do?
Does your company offer gym membership benefit? If so, what’s the take-up? How can you improve on people utilising an existing benefit?
3. Take notice
This one is a favourite of mine – well no surprise there as a mindfulness teacher!
Taking notice will help your people step out of auto-pilot mode.
Getting curious. Noticing. Being aware of the world around them and what they’re feeling. Just getting present, from time to time, to really savour the moment.
What can you do?
This all sounds very nice but how do you actually help your people put it into practice?
One easy simple idea is to launch a “Take 5” awareness campaign, where your employees choose a regular activity during their workday to be fully present and aware.
For instance, they could:-
- take 5 attentive minutes during their commute to work
- have a truly mindful lunch
- spend 5 minutes before or after a meeting being calm and mindful.
The other thing I would highly recommend is to host a mindfulness at work group wellbeing session for your employees. Having dedicated time on this topic brings fresh ideas and reinforces the concept as well as giving them a little time out of their day to really focus on it. Otherwise, frankly it just ain’t gonna happen for most of your team!
I can help you with this! It’s right up my street. 😉
4. Keep learning
Learning doesn’t stop when your employees have got the hang of their job role.
Learning is for life and those who continue to develop their skills and knowledge will be the ones improving their self-confidence and self-esteem. I also find those eager to learn tend to be the more positive team players.
What can you do?
Encourage your team members to take on different responsibilities at work to widen their expertise and knowledge.
Disclaimer! Please be mindful of their workload and job demands.
Set-up a mentorship scheme. Being a mentor can be such a rewarding experience not only for the person receiving the help and support but also for the mentor too. This brings me beautifully onto the last way to wellbeing … GIVE.
Giving to others starts this wonderful cycle of generosity and happiness.
And it can start small, with any small act of kindness, it doesn’t always have to be a huge grand gesture – simply giving a smile or a genuine compliment can improve someone’s wellbeing, as well as your own. You never know what is going on in someone else’s world.
What can you do?
Here’s an idea that you may like to suggest for your staff to do as their way of giving thanks in terms of a gratitude visit. Let me share a bit of background to it and how it works…
The concept of the gratitude visit was introduced by Dr. Martin Seligman, a psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania and teacher of many positive psychology methods.
He tasked a group of people with writing a letter of gratitude to someone who had been especially kind to them but whom had never been properly thanked by them. They were then asked to personally deliver and read out their letter to them.
People predicted that this might feel weird or awkward or take too much time. But those who received those letters found them to be one of the happiest moments of their lives! And what’s even more incredible is what happened to the happiness of those who wrote the letters. They experienced a huge boost of happiness too and not only did they get an immediate happiness lift, the impact lasted for well over a month.
All this simply through expressing gratitude to other people.
So why not set a challenge for your team and the wider company for everyone to do a gratitude visit and then feedback on their experiences?
If you’re looking for a simple way to put one of the 5 ways to wellbeing into action right now, then consider trying out Number 3 – “TAKE NOTICE”.
These free relaxation sessions are designed to help you relax mindfully and quickly, and it’s completely free!
Share the link with your team so they can also benefit from this quick take notice exercise, and start promoting wellbeing in your workplace.