wellness in the workplace

An emerging trend in the health industry, the subject of ‘wellness’ has found its way into offices and businesses.

Managers are now prioritising work life balance, mental health and quality of life to ensure optimum performance from their team. Chances are the word ‘wellness’ may be popping up in your office over the coming months.

So what is wellness?

While yes, wellness incorporates a person’s health in the form of nutrition and exercise, it is also a much larger umbrella term that covers a wide range of things that ultimately can translate into how individuals function and their performance at work and within their everyday lives. Things such as quality of sleep, work-life balance, hobbies and passions, family and relationships, religion and spirituality, personal goals and achievements…and the list goes on.

As a business, the concept of wellness is an important initiative to introduce to your team as it allows them to perform at their optimum levels.  If you have employees who are getting quality sleep, enjoying what they do every day, taking appropriate breaks and making time to rest and relax, experience shows these employees will outperform those who are overworked, exhausted and disheartened by their careers.

Here are some quick tips to incorporate wellness into your workplace:

  • Ensure your employees get adequate breaks for lunch and resting when required.
  • Encourage them to leave on time whenever possible, to spend time with their family and loved ones or just ‘me’ time.
  • Some work environments introduce a ‘break out room’ and encourage employees to take 15 minutes out of their week to use it – this may be to rest, meditate or even have a nap!
  • Consider ‘walking meetings’ on beautiful days – to get the blood pumping, fresh air and a different approach to the usual sit-down meetings.
  • Ask your employees about their career and personal goals and support them in achieving these – this could be through encouraging education and skill development, or just checking in with them every now and then. Performance reviews should include this aspect.
  • Be aware of mental health states and possible warning signs. Check in if an employee seems to be behaving differently than usual. Don’t wait for R U OK Day to ask the question. Reach out as the need arises.

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Article written for 360HR by Hollie Azzopardi, Health & Wellness Coach