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Top 10 tips for improving health and wellbeing in the work place

17 November 2022

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Employee wellbeing is no longer a luxury, but an essential part of company culture. Happy and supported staff not only function better in their personal lives but in the workplace too. It’s a win-win for everyone.

So, here are some tips to improve your workplace wellbeing

1. Self-care is top priority

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Maintaining good self-care means taking care of your mind, body, and soul by engaging in activities that promote well-being and reduce stress. Doing so enhances your ability to live and work fully, vibrantly, and effectively. Practicing self-care can be as simple as eating healthy lunches, staying hydrated, exercising regularly and getting enough sleep. The preparation starts at home but benefits you at work.

2. Take a break

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Even the shortest break can make a great difference: get up from your desk and into the fresh air, put the phone down and do something personally gratifying. This can include having a conversation with a colleague, eating a healthy snack and sitting in an outdoor location. Doing these things will contribute to improve overall health and wellbeing in the workplace.

3. Communication

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Communication is key. Sharing physical or mental issues with your managers and Human Resources department is key to receiving help. All employers have a responsibility to support the wellbeing of their staff, provided employees share their concerns with managers.

4. Be prepared to handle stress

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Often, home life can be difficult and bringing stress into the workplace can affect your performance and the wellbeing of other employees. Collaborate with employers to reduce the level of stress at work. Open up and share your concerns, as well as identify stress triggers, and ask employers to offer stress management programs to help learn techniques so staff become “stress resilient”.

5. Learning and development

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Prioritising staff learning and development is important in an organisation. It can contribute a great deal to the general wellbeing of employees as it demonstrates that the company cares for them. Encouraging further learning creates a feeling of hope and possible advancement opportunities, which in turn positively affect productivity, and staff-manager relationships.

6. Office layout and design is important

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The office environment can affect productivity and efficiency. A clean and tidy environment can increase engagement and interaction, which in turn positively affects productivity, and teamwork, as well as improving safety and boosting employee morale.

7. Get enough sleep

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Losing sleep can affect all areas of health and wellness. Getting between 6 to 8 hours of sleep is paramount to general wellbeing. To help you drift off, take a relaxing shower or bath, turn off electronic devices, read a book or listen to a relaxing music to take away anxiety and stress.

8. Boost team relationships

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It is important that employees have good relationships. Group activities such as team-building exercises, lunches and nights out are great for enhancing team relationships, productivity, solving problems, and generating great ideas for business.

9. Celebration, team spirit, fun, and motivation

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Celebration is important for team motivation; employers should build a culture of celebration of good results and achievement whether small or big. It motivates your team and sets in a culture of winning and achieving targets.

10. Build bridges across departments

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The connections between employees within one department are not the only ones that matter when it comes to building a stronger team. Team building should extend beyond individual teams to include the organisation as a whole and encourage collaboration.