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Sam Friskey
Sam Friskey

WELLBEING IN THE WORKPLACE

24.09.2018
WELLBEING IN THE WORKPLACE

We frequently hear from candidates that one of the most important things they look for in a new job is a positive work life balance. Whilst many companies are embracing flexible working, it’s also important employees take responsibility and make sure they put their wellbeing first. To help, we’ve outlined some key tips you can use to improve your wellbeing at work.

Over the past few years there has been a huge surge in apps available to improve wellbeing. From mobile yoga classes to meditation apps these are great tools to help you relax and de-stress. Try and get into a routine of doing a meditation session before work or perhaps do a short yoga session at the start of your morning exercise routine. Both are positive ways to start your day and can be done in the comfort of your own home or hotel room if you frequently travel for work.

Wearable technology is also a great way to take charge of your wellness in the office. If you’re guilty of sitting at a desk all day and barely breaking for lunch, then a fitness tracker could be just what you need. There are many different options depending on what you want to get out of the tracker and how much you want to spend. However, most will give you a notification every time you’ve been static for too long. This is a great way to remind you to get up and walk around the office, pop outside for some fresh air or even just move desks for a couple of hours.

Another key piece of advice is to monitor your social media use. Whilst many of us know we’re guilty of spending too much time online, previously there has been little way to track it. Until now. Facebook has created a way to see how much time users are spending on their platforms. On Facebook, you can go to your settings page and choose ‘Your Time on Facebook.’ Whilst on Instagram, you can tap ‘Settings’ followed by ‘Your Activity.’ If you aren’t a social media user but want to track where you spend most of your time you can do this though your battery info. Both tools and can help cut down your phone usage and help you focus on your wellbeing.

There are also so many things you can do to increase your wellbeing at work without using technology. For example, finding someone to go for a walk with at lunch, or arranging an after work running club – both are also a great way of networking and building a community at work. Introducing wellbeing champions in the office is another great way to make sure wellbeing in embedding into your workplace.

We hope you’ve found these tips useful. If you’d like to continue this conversation or speak to one of our industry specialists please get in touch, and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn to hear regular industry news and find out about the projects we’re working on.