You’ve made your New Year’s resolutions, and you’re working towards improving your health, your happiness, your vitality, and your work life balance – so what happens when you return to the workplace after the Christmas break?
How can you keep up that momentum and continue to work towards your health goals, particularly when your workmates are not necessarily on the same page?
It’s coming up to the end of January and you’ve been getting up early, and focusing on improving your habits; you’re eating healthier, having better sleep, hydrating and moving more, but now you’re back at work, and Mary, in the cubicle next door, is NOT on the same page.
Mary’s energy is low– she’s eating crap, not getting any exercise, not focusing on getting good quality sleep and her energy is pretty negative. So, how do you make sure Mary’s negative energy doesn’t rub off on you and derail all your good efforts?
The problem with negative energy is that it does make you sort of spiral downwards and it’s very infectious. So if your colleagues are putting out a lot of negative energy, it’s important to be conscious of that energetic disruption in the workplace that can impact your life, and make sure you’re taking steps to stay focused on your goals.
Working from home during the pandemic gave people a taste of what work life balance looks like, and, although it’s had its challenges, it did give people a lot of freedom. I’ve found that working with my clients, that people now returning to a workplace after the last couple of years, want to have extra flexibility. They’re more focused on their health and wellbeing, and this is something that can definitely become an essential part of the workplace culture.
How can I change the workplace culture?
I run a Workplace Wellness program that’s designed to help companies and their employees to focus on health goals. The old saying that ‘a rising tide lifts all ships’ is very relevant in the workplace; you’re lifting each other up while cultivating a workplace culture that helps workers become more conscious of how they’re eating, breathing, sleeping, moving, and hydrating, and if you’re doing that as a team, you get to motivate each other.
And, if your workplace as a collective is working towards the same health goals, you can keep each other accountable. From an employer’s point of view, a team that’s focused on being healthy brings more productivity to the workplace. Employees are more energetic, they’re happier, and, they’re taking less sick days, which is a win-win for everyone.
It’s more fun when you do it as a group as well.
Workplace Wellness programs suit any size business.
Whether you’re a one or two-person micro business, or a business with hundreds of employees, you can introduce Workplace Wellness programs. The programs can be a lot of fun because we can gamify them. It makes it attractive to people because they’re working towards something, they’ve got a goal, they’ve got a prize and a reward system at the end.
You allocate points for things, and then it makes people work a little bit harder. And sometimes it will make people step outside their comfort zone a little bit more easily, because they’re more willing to try something if there’s something to gain. If there’s a prize at the other end. Yeah.
This year, I’ve started offering workplace wellbeing programs which can include anything from workshops and training sessions to sit down session with individual staff and providing health snapshots. I go in as a coach and a consultant to work with the leadership team. We can even do things like measure biometric data such as blood pressure.
These programs are all about helping lift that energy and helping people in the workplace to be more productive and more focused. It’s about developing a workplace that’s healthier, happier, and more joyous.
People want to come to work and do their best because they’ve got energy and they’re surrounded by like-minded people who are sharing the journey with them.
Want to find out more? Get in touch with me at [email protected] or book a free quick chat with me to chat about the health and wellness goals of your business.