Your work-life consumes most of your day. They say it is just for 8 hours per day, but it goes up to 10 to 12 hours per day, in case you are stuck with submissions, deadlines, and meetings. There is no measurement of the hours you put in your work, likewise, there is no measurement of the stress levels induced during the extra working hours on your heart, mind, body, and soul. There comes a point when you have to stop working and take rest. You must look for those markers and work on those markers.
Research shows the average workweek for full-time working employees in the USA has gone up to 47 hours, which adds up to an extra working day (Saturday or Sunday). It means the resting hours (48 hours) that your body needs every week, you are using it up to work more. Work more or stress more, it’s the same thing.
One more study shows, more than 33% of the Americans admitted to working on the weekends. Does the thrill of getting stress excite you? Or does the pressure of deadlines and countless meetings push you to work on the weekends?
A few studies have shown that 47% of the job-seekers want to work in a company that has a unique working culture. Who wouldn’t want to work with a company that prefers well-being more than the number of sales? At first, we need to understand the importance of wellness at work.
So, let us look at the 7 reasons why wellness at work is a necessity:
1. To Improve What You Do And To Grow Your Impact
Well-being strategies if applied in the job, will make an employee feel empowered, self-actualized, happy, satisfied with life, and perform to one’s true and full potential.
2. To Reduce Psychological Distress, Anxiety, Depression, And Dissatisfaction
Long-working hours with the constant pressure of submissions, and lazy work, and procrastination coupled with avoidance, have a negative impact on an employee’s mental health. Ultimately, they suffer from lower well-being and lowered self-esteem.
3. To Promote Social Hours And Family Time
Wellness programs concentrate on promoting family time and after-hours - social lifestyle. It is crucial to de-stress and not discuss office matters after having spent the working hours in the office.
4. To Boost Employee Morale
Well-being programs will create a great office culture. A great office culture will welcome employees with both hands. They will feel welcomed, happy, satiated, and contented. Indirectly, you are boosting an employee’s morale.
5. To Motivate Employees Towards Success
The success of an organization is at first the success of an employee. A healthy routine in the working hours in an organization will make the employees want to work hard and achieve success.
6. To Strengthen Interpersonal Relationships
Taking a holistic approach towards well-being in work will reduce stress levels and keep your mental and emotional capabilities at ease. This, in turn, will make employees feel more energized, focused, and motivated to work, and eventually, the interpersonal relationships improve.
7. To Boost The Economy
The whole point of implementing wellness programs in the job is to improve the employee’s working capabilities, which in turn, help improve the company’s function in the market, and then, the economy gets a boost.
Now, let us think about achieving wellness at work. Here are five easy-to-implement techniques that companies can introduce:
1. Gifts For Healthy Eating Habits
Studies have shown that reward expectation has a crucial influence on everyday thought and behavior. So, if “healthy” eating habits like consuming nuts and fruit juices could be rewarded with gifts like clothes and accessories then the employees would have a different take on their working atmosphere.
2. Combat Eye-Strain
For hours together, staring at the computer or laptop or technology can affect the irises. So, proactively practicing eye-exercises with the help of tools like Pangobright, Time Out, and Flux. Simple exercises like 20/20/20 formula. Every 20 minutes, stare at a distance of 20 meters away from your screen for 20 seconds. Eye-strain if ignored may lead to headaches and fatigue. This will result in employee absenteeism. You don’t want that, right?
3. Have Heedful Mondays
Most people run away at the mention of working on a Monday. It’s the jetlag they cannot defeat from the weekend. According to the American Institute of Stress, research has shown that 80% of the workers experience stress at work on Mournful Mondays! To beat it, employees must practice mindfulness programs like awareness and acceptance of the present. In short, meditation.
4. “Stair Well” Competition
Your ‘peripheral’ heart should be your best friend. Your calf muscles, that is. It’s the heart away from the heart. So, the more you walk, the more you send back the blood to your heart. The more you send the blood back, the more it will function and oxygenate and send blood to the whole body. Having a staircase competition will make all the obese employees compete and improve their heart condition and create a fun-loving environment in the workspace. Mind you, this competition is not just for the obese employees, it is for one and all. Owing to the fact: we all have a heart.
5. Spend Time With Kids Or Pets
Studies have shown that bringing dogs or kids at work can reduce stress, encourage regular breaks, increase productivity, decrease absenteeism, increase teamwork, boost morale, and eventually, increase employee retention. They carry a constant positive aura. They can make any depressed soul happy. What more do you want?
Athena Wisdom Institute AG is the first education institute that completely integrates Well-Being in its leadership programs. Our programs are based on scientific knowledge as well as ancient knowledge from traditional wisdom keepers that purposefully support individuals and their health while obtaining the adequate skills and tools required for a more sustainable future.