As we all know, the workplace can be a very stressful environment. It is fast paced, can be cut throat and can sometimes push employees too far in their pursuit of success. Companies are so focused on the state of their businesses that they can sometimes neglect the well-being of their employees. As part of our work to combat this growing issue and promote better mental health, we have curated a mini pocket guide of tips to improve wellness in the workplace.
What is Wellness?
Wellness is defined by Merriam Webster as “The quality or state of being in good health, especially as an actively sought goal [or] lifestyle.”
Wellness in the workplace relates to the environment, leadership, overall workplace climate and organisation of the company as a whole. The most successful companies have a structure set in place that promotes the general health and well-being of their employees.
Here’s an AURO pocket guide with tips on how to improve wellness in the workplace.
We’ve all been there… glued to our seat all day with the odd loo break here and there; no dedicated lunch breaks and no time to get up and start moving. It’s time to be strict with your time and say no to lunchtime meetings!
How do you do this?
- Arrange team Yoga classes. We have a great 5 minute ‘Office Desk Stretch’ workout plan on the Auro app so you don’t have to take hours out of your day to get your blood pumping.
- Have meetings on the go. Don’t go into the same bland meeting space, broaden your horizons and take trips to nearby parks or coffee shops.
- Encourage healthy, friendly competition. Set goals for yourselves as a company and see who puts it in the most work eg. Walking or cycling to work or for even part of your journey or how about walking up the stairs instead of taking the elevator. The small changes make a big difference!
No one truly knows what’s going on in someone’s life and it’s difficult to guess or assume that everything is A-Okay.
What do you do?
- Value and show appreciation for doing good work. The more valued an employee feels, the happier they will be.
- Encourage employees to express their ideas and listen to them. Disregard hierarchy and ensure that all voices are being heard; we all have a voice and deserve to be listened to.
- Provide on-site counselling services, including an expert to provide financial advice. Financial problems are a major cause of stress; if you’re able to organise anonymous counselling or drop in sessions, this could encourage more support for your employees.
Healthy food isn’t just good for your body, it’s good for your mental well-being as well. Bad foods can leave you lethargic, tired and unmotivated, while good foods can boost your mood, make you more energetic and help you to become more productive at work.
- Have a selection of fruits and nuts for snacking at work. Scrap the chocolates and crisps and have a fruit bowl that gets topped up every week.
- Stay hydrated. The recommended amount of water to drink everyday is 2 litres. If you don’t have a water cooler installed, ensure there are complimentary water bottles made available to your employees.
- Seek out a nutritional advisor. Ask a nutritionalist to come into the workplace and give advice about the types of foods you should and shouldn’t be eating.
Order, order, order. We all love a good routine but you can’t do it all in one night. Take it slow and maintain pace.
- Have a goal. What do you want to achieve? Set small realistic goals; undeniably, the fitter you feel the happier you are.
- Stick to your routine but don’t be afraid to shake things up a little. Don’t get bored of your lifestyle, make small changes and understand what you do and don’t like.
- Delegate a wellbeing champion. Appoint someone or a team of people as wellbeing champions, to take active responsibility for ensuring the team are following all the agreed steps you put in place.
Auro for your wellbeing program
Your team is at the heart of your success. Support their health and happiness with Auro for Work as we offer businesses competitive rates. For more information in our wellbeing offer for companies, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org