Why Workplace Well-being is Important


 

It is easy to spot the tell-tale signs of a stressed employee. These can include:

  •        regular absenteeism,
  •        constant tiredness,
  •        smoking,
  •        drinking,
  •        inactivity in exercise terms,
  •        disorganised,
  •        convenience food addiction
  •       personal issues with their partner.

 

If you are a company owner why not consider avoiding the situation getting that serious? Why not think of creating workplace well-being in your company which will boost the performance of your employees and also boost the overall productivity.

For some employees work is endured rather than enjoyed and that is why a good wellness program will boost working morale for everyone and improve productivity across all pay grades.

Consider these reasons for introducing a wellness program: 

Increased Enjoyment  

A boring and repetitive role within a workplace can lead to a high turnover of staff which is expensive for the employer and creates an adverse effect on productivity.

Whilst the introduction of a good Health in the Workplace programme will not make a repetitive job less tedious, it will give the employee some variety and something to look forward to.

Increased Productivity 

Employees engaging in workplace wellness activities such as a healthy eating programme, exercise classes or workplace massage often feel happier about themselves, their employer and their job which can result in improved productivity and performance.

Employees will be more focused and energised to have the motivation to tackle their work.

A program which includes education around good nutrition and an exercise activity can bring tremendous benefits.  7

Happy staff

Employees taking part in one of these programmes tend to feel more satisfied in their job as compared to those who do not have any programs.

It usually leads to improved health which does not only boost overall attitude but also appearance.

Team Building

When a group of employees engage in group activities such as health and fitness activities, they will feel more connected to their colleagues which is excellent for team bonding within the workplace and gives them all a common interest that might have been lacking previously. This can only be a positive outcome for the company.

Company benefits

Introducing such schemes will have an added cost to the company but if such healthy living schemes can help reduce absenteeism and improve productivity then these benefits will go a long way to covering, if not exceeding the costs of the scheme which will then become cost neutral.

Employee benefits

A job that promotes good nutrition, health and wellness habits will lead to employees taking better care of themselves resulting in improved health. With health improved, sickness days will be reduced, there will be less expenditure on medical bills and other associated costs. 

But don’t let these good habits finish when you leave work! Carry good habits over into your leisure time and continue to benefit from an improved regime of diet and exercise.

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Change in the Workplace



George Bernard Shaw once said "Progress is impossible without change. And those who cannot change their minds, cannot change anything".

We resist change but in an ever changing world do we not need to embrace it by managing it effectively, by not fearing failure and by being prepared to ask others for help as part of a learning / readjustment process?

Many people are afraid of any changes that occur in their lives especially if it does not bring an immediate advantage to them. Even though progress can only come through change, it is still difficult to accept change unconditionally. Changes can occur in many parts of our social lives as well as the workplace and we look at some of the different approaches that people have towards change and how our attitude leads to different outcomes.

Fear & Resistance

Changes in the workplace could lead to fear among the employees. People may be afraid of losing their jobs.

But resisting change is one of the things that can put jobs at risk by leading businesses to lag behind in terms of development and become uncompetitive within their marketplace.

Such human reactions are understandable but need managing if commercial progress is to be made.

The following approaches are commonplace and successful:

Admit change is inevitable

By acknowledging that change will happen with or without you, you will be psychologically prepared and more likely to embrace the new methods.

It will also help you have a positive attitude toward the change and therefore you will approach it with a clear head. Accepting that change is inevitable also helps you to have positive thinking that the change is for the good of the workplace. 

Be Inquisitive.

Often, the main reason that people are afraid of change is because they do not understand it. Making enquiries enables employees to properly understand any change in the workplace that is made. This way, they will be able to avoid being afraid of changes and embrace them for the development of the workplace. Remember, Knowledge is Power!

Play an active part in change

Assist in managing the change effectively and playing a full part. A good example of this is digitalisation. When employees are willing to take part in learning on how to use these tools for the development of the workplace this will, in turn, to betterment of the workplace. 

Conclusion

Even though our lives have experienced significant change already, many of us are still wary of change so please remember "Progress is impossible without change. And those who cannot change their minds, cannot change anything".

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Obesity is a Global Issue


Obesity is undeniably a global epidemic.

Not only is the global population expanding in figures, but apparently also in weight! Since 1980, statistics indicate that obesity rates have more than doubled and are still rising.

A WHO (World Health Organization) global report outlines that in 2014; about 600 million individuals were obese with about 1.9 billion adults being overweight.

Naturally, industrialised nations featured among the affected with countries such as Qatar having 42 % of its population (adult) being obese, Kuwait (40 %), Northern Ireland (28 %), England (28 %), USA (38 %), and France (24 %). Astoundingly, the obesity issue is not just with adults, but with children too. 

This is predominantly evidenced by the 2013 figures where about 42 million youngsters aged 5 and below tested positive for obesity/overweight. What’s even more shocking is that it is not industrialised nations that lead the group anymore. Compared to high-income nations, developing ones have a rise of over 30% in child obesity rates.

In fact, between 1990 and 2014, the number of obese and overweight kids below five years shot up from 5.4 million to 10.3 million. And according to the WHO, if the trend remains as is, over 70 million infants will either be obese or overweight by 2025. 

Reasons behind the escalating Obesity figures: 

One primary reason for the surging numbers is the rapidly changing lifestyles across the globe further fueled by the easier accessibility of unhealthy food options. Currently, there are over 700,000 fast food joints globally. Moreover, the improvement of technology and the ensuing reliance on its products like computers and cars have inspired a typically sedentary lifestyle. Additionally, lack of education also contributes to the high numbers both in industrialized and developing countries. 

Consequences of Obesity: 

Obesity is a key contributor to chronic cardiovascular diseases, stroke, Type 2 diabetes as well as some cancers. Obesity results in the build-up of fat in the body arteries, and narrowing of vessels, therefore leading to minimized blood flow to the heart – a condition usually associated with heart attacks.

An increase in diabetes mortality rate was witnessed rising from a million deaths (2000) to about 1.5 million (2012). Isn’t diabetes among the consequence of obesity? 

What measures are nations taking to manage Obesity? 

Evidently, obesity is a major issue affecting all nations of the world. Nonetheless, with proper strategies and policies, the trend can change. Most nations have come up with a national strategy to regulate obesity following WHO recommendations. These plans are designed to promote healthier dieting and food production and include appropriate and targeted domestic subsidies.

The UK, for instance, has imposed a sugar tax in 2018 to help tackle the obesity issue. Similarly, in the U.S for instance, in 2010, former President Obama set up an exclusive taskforce for Childhood Obesity Prevention which brought about an actionable strategy to reverse Obesity. In extension, he also signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act’ into law which included healthier school meals standards.

In Mexico, the Congress passed into law a tax on high-calorie foods and soft drinks, while Ecuador’s Health Ministry produced processed foods labelling regulations. Most notably, Norway used a combination of price manipulations, food subsidies, public education targeting individuals, and retail regulations to successfully turn its population to relying on energy dense, high-fat diets. 

Conclusion: 

With Obesity rapidly spreading globally, there is a need to find actionable strategies aimed at reducing and ultimately eradicating this otherwise preventable condition. Each sector in the society plays a significant part in not only promoting healthier lifestyles but also establishing an atmosphere for sustained change where optimistically, Globesity’ will someday be controlled. 

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Brain Dumping for a better night's sleep.



After a long tiring day, it is normal to have a lot on your mind and this can bring some sleeping difficulties. If this annoyance is a familiar one for you, you should try out a brain dump just before you go to bed. 

What is it?

A brain-dump is basically a full transfer of whatever is on your mind from your brain down to some other medium of ‘storage’ like a notepad or a computer hard drive. 

A comprehensive and systematic brain dump is the best approach to dealing with chaotic thoughts and feelings of overwhelm. It is a quick and simple method to get it off your chest - or in this case head - strategy where you simply jot down everything on a paper.

As soon as you outline all your crazy thoughts on paper, you will usually see that the worry and panic is just in your head. And better yet, after writing your thoughts on a paper, you can subsequently analyse them without being astounded. 

Basics, Tips, and Importance: 

A brain dump is basically a distinct escape route that you can return to over and over each time you feel scattered, confused, or overwhelmed.

It allows you to outline all your thoughts so that you can consider them, assess them, and make sound decisions on them and deal with them in priority rather than haphazard style. 

Brain dumping may sound simple and straightforward, but it is the ideal way to help you enjoy the much-needed peace of mind and of course sleep. As such, it is important that you take time to do a comprehensive job. This is because it will give your mind the time to incubate and percolate connections and ideas about what to adjust, modify or even delete on your list. Just don’t be in a hurry! 

Luckily, you can keep your brain dump list either in a notebook, tablet, voice memos etc but try to keep your list in the most convenient, accessible place for you.

Moreover, don’t attempt to do it all at once. Start it out in little time snippets, here and there, as the thoughts occur. Spend a good chunk of time just getting things off your head and down onto paper, particularly if it is your first time to do it or it has been long since you tried it. 

In a nutshell: 

Although using a brain dump does not mean that you are free of getting overwhelming thoughts completely, it does mean that next time you feel this way, you know how to approach and combat such feelings. A brain dump simply gets you back on track quicker. 

If you are having trouble finding sleep due to thoughts racing through your mind, then a brain dump is worth every effort! 

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