The way that your workers view health and wellbeing on a personal and professional level is becoming increasingly intertwined.
This is especially true given the ever-changing nature and expectations of today’s workforce. From global teams working around the clock, to flexible and mobile workers who are ‘always on’ and ‘always connected’, the lines between work and home continue to blur. All the while, there is pressure to be more productive.
Whether it’s using their own wearable device to monitor the number of stairs they climb between meetings, or joining a conference call from the treadmill in the company gym, employees are taking the right steps towards a healthier and more active lifestyle. Why? Because it helps them to perform at their best.
An increasing number of businesses are turning to workplace wellness initiatives to improve benefits for their employees. Already two-thirds of European companies have introduced enhanced wellbeing initiatives.[ii]
New research commissioned by Fellowes reveals that lack of regular movement and bad posture are causing one in three workers to suffer a health problem. This is resulting in a staggering €73 billion lost across European businesses due to sickness days.
What does workplace wellbeing mean to you as an employer? Free gym membership? A basket of fruit in the staff kitchen? A chill-out room with bean-bags and soft pink walls?
Our belief system is the psychological structure by which we make sense of the world. From the moment we are born we are taking in information about ourselves and the world we are born into. This clearly develops into an organised psychological cognitive system that contains information about ourselves, other people, the world, and the future and helps gives us a sense of predictability about our world and our self in it.
One of the big trends in cognitive psychology at the moment is ‘mindfulness based cognitive therapy’. This is based on the practice of mindfulness meditation as practiced by Buddhists over thousands of years. It can seem that this is or would be a really soft side of what might be in your toolkit for the management of stress.