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.

Mayfair, we care

Is your glass half full or half empty?



Geraldine, a fictional character of Flip Wilson, humorously quipped, “You get what you see”. Shakespeare voiced a more literary opinion when he said, “The perception of good or bad does not exist; only thinking makes it to be so”. It is Buddha who said it as it should be, “The life one leads, is a creation of oneself mind”.

Can you think of a better way to describe life that how Buddha, fictional Geraldine and Shakespeare did. Your life is like your own creation; it turns out just like you mould it.

So what does that mean to us?

The glass half empty mindset,

For those who do not view life through objective lenses, they are subjective beings. If you filter what you see in life then you are a biased individual. That is personality and everyone carries his or her own.

Pessimists will see differently to their optimistic colleagues. In the same vein, introverts see things in differently to extroverts. And life seems to reward us in equal measure of what we are or what we belief in. For instance, if you are anxious everything around you can seem fast paced and out of control; if you are inclined towards depression, your life will have a greyness about it.

Whatever perspective you have in life will characterise everything you do in your life. If you see your work as a chore, it will be so as long as you think this way. Your perception will also affect those around you and if they are not independent thinkers, you run the risk of being surrounded by negativity.

The glass half full mindset.

A massive body of research agrees that there is a lot of power in seeing the glass half full. Bright, optimistic people are not only generally happier but also healthier and wealthier according to research. All three – happiness, health and wealth - are what make a complete life.

In a study by a reputable psychologist, Susan Segerstorm, law students who held onto their optimism ten years after graduation took home an annual salary of $32,667 more than their colleagues who had lost their hope.

Keeping a positive mindset will drive you towards actions that will deliver positive results. It does not matter if you hit a bad patch; keeping optimism with you will deliver good results.

In fact, thinking of bad stuff will actually drive you into poor results. Instead of doing things that will minimize your failure, you will instead do nothing or do stupid things that will amplify your failures.

Happy and optimistic people will attract friends who are similar in character and their positivity will be infectious so a virtuous circle of friends, colleagues and contacts will be created. The opposite is true for natural pessimists. 

How to change into a glass half full person

So, how do you stay optimistic in the face of failures and distractions?

Create opportunities out of your problems – instead of seeing a work issue as a chore, see it as a challenge with which you can impress your colleagues.

Going networking? Don’t dread walking into a room full of strangers, see it as an opportunity to meet new people, walk tall, smile and ask questions. And remember, most of the people you are meeting are probably nervous as well as you.

Package yourself as an optimist and life will smile back to you = like poles attract.

Set out to do something out of your comfort zone and find your confidence and self esteem grow as a result.

In summary.

The life of someone with a positive mindset is likely to be more fulfilling than that of someone who is constantly negative about everything. That said, even the most positive people have setbacks and personal issues but they seem to be able to bounce back from adversity whereas the negative person accepts it as par for the course of their life. Try to avoid the negative route – it’s easier than you think!

 

Mayfair, we care.

Beating Stress


In today's world stress related illnesses are a major issue for many people and there are many and varied ways of alleviating the debilitation that can be caused by stress. They range from lifestyle changes to dietary and mindset ones. Different approaches work for different people and in no particular order of importance or effectiveness we examine a few of them here:

Exercise

Widely recognised as one of the most effective stress – busters, exercise at home, at work or in the gym can lighten your mood and improve your self-esteem. Studies show that healthy and fit people have fewer social anxiety symptoms. Exercise releases endorphins which trigger a positive feeling to the brain so regular exercise can have a very positive and lasting effect in tackling stress and anxiety.

Breathing techniques

Whenever you feel anxiety building take slow deep breaths. Breathe in and out slowly and deeply and concentrate on filling your lungs with that fresh air. Do this for a few minutes and you will find yourself calming down. Deep breathing takes on oxygen which helps to calm your heart rate and stabilise your blood pressure. 

Diet

Eating regular healthy meals and snacks in between meals will help maintain the steady blood sugar level necessary for stabilising your mood. There is a lot of advice available on this subject – much of it contradictory so it is best to go with what works for you. Aim for a balanced diet in the knowledge that Vitamin B-6 is essential in metabolism and its shortage may result in poor brain functioning manifested in mood swings, poor sleeping habits and fatigue. This important vitamin can be perfectly be gained from food sources like poultry, tuna, dairy, beans, lentils, sunflower seeds and carrots among others. But please do your own research.

Have fun

Take your mind off your problems by engaging yourself in your hobby or other interesting activity. Watch your funny videos, arrange to meet with good friends – anything that will distract you and take you away from thinking about yourself. Your reasons for stressing may be long-lasting, but you can choose not to be brought down by the stress.

Green tea

Green tea is full of polyphenols which are required metabolites in the body. Polyphenols like pyrocatechol and flavonoids protect the cells from damage and aging. The antioxidants present in green has been known to have powerful medicinal properties used in treating anxiety and reducing stress levels.

Green tea has the healthy caffeine which does not produce jittery effects. This caffeine improves brain functioning which improves mood. Aside from the caffeine green tea is packed with the amino acid L-thiamine which produces anti-anxiety effects in the users. Studies have proved that green tea helps in calming blood pressure and rising heat effect in the body, which are the factors that spiral anxiety in a person.

Herbs

There are many herbs that can help lighten your mood and reduce your stress and anxiety.

Hops: This is a bitter herb that is sometimes used when brewing beer. You can get this from direct extracts from the plant and through aromatherapy as in the case of treated pillows.

Lavender: Its aroma has some calming effect. It has been used to reduce anxiety of dental patients in the waiting rooms. It also worked for students who inhaled lavender scent before sitting an exam.

Valerian: People take it in form of capsules or spiced solutions. This herb is said to help relieve anxiety and stress symptoms

Insomnia

Lack of sleep is one of the most common issues for people who are stressed. Here are just some tips to tackle insomnia:

  • A regular bedtime routine.
  • Avoid using a laptop, smartphone, tablet or other type of screen before going to sleep.
  • Avoid anything containing caffeine in the evening.
  • Ensure that your bedroom is dark and quiet.
  • Keep a notebook and pen by the bedside to write down any issues that worry you during the night. Deal with them in the morning.
  • Avoid checking the time if you do wake up.
  • Don’t exercise too close to bedtime.
  • Above all, try not to become obsessed with poor sleep patterns. It happens to most people at some stage in their lives.

     Mayfair Cares and we hope that the foregoing stress busting tips are helpful – please add your own ideas about what works for you.

 

With acknowledgement to:

http://www.happify.com/hd/beat-stress-and-boost-happiness-inforgraphic

http://naturalsociety.com/7-natural-anti-anxiety-herbs-to-reduce-stress/