Happiness at work is one of the determining factors of our overall wellbeing. With most of our waking hours spent in the workplace, the dangers of stress can be detrimental to our mental and physical health. Whether it’s an unmanageable workload, a tense relationship with a colleague or an attack of nerves under pressure, millions of people suffer from stress on the job. In fact, almost all of us have experienced it.
A recent report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development revealed that nearly two-fifths of UK businesses have seen an increase in stress-related absence over the past year, costing the UK economy billions of pounds each year. With Mental Health Awareness Week taking place this week, from 13-19 May, it’s time for businesses to consider how they can help tackle this growing issue.
Advances in technology continue to boost productivity, but with that comes the added pressure of being ‘always on’. With the demands of the boss only an email, phone call or even Whatsapp message away, technology can be a double-edged sword, having the ability to both increase and reduce stress, so it’s important to manage this carefully to avoid employee burn-out.
Enabling employees to work with a certain level of flexibility, technology is the saviour of the full-time parent with childcare needs, or the employee with an hour-long commute who might benefit from working from home every now and again. The stresses of having to be in the office strictly between 9 and 5 can be reduced by introducing flexible hours as long as the technology is up to scratch, enabling an optimised work-life balance.
Apps and exercise
Another great way to boost mental health is to encourage colleagues to stay fit and healthy by introducing the opportunity for regular exercise. Apps such as yulife aim to empower employees to take control of their health and wellbeing. Though it’s a game-based app, yulife records activities, such as the number of steps walked each day and time spent meditating. Users are rewarded for their activity in the form of ‘yucoin’, which can be exchanged for rewards. Even more incentive to use the fantastic fitness facilities available to Club Thrive members at Miller House in Farnworth!
Wearable technology is on the rise, with devices such as Prana designed to track inner stress, breathing and posture, alerting the wearer of issues and providing tips for the body and mind as a solution. Active training provides a fun and gamified way to retrain your breathing for rapid relief from stress and anxiety.
Research shows that an act as simple as going outside can be beneficial for mental health. Despite having the ability to work remotely, we’re still spending roughly 93% of our time indoors. Working amongst nature can be good for the soul, so it’s important for employers to provide spaces for employees to spend time outside. For Club Thrive members seeking some vitamin D, our gardens at Foundry House in Widnes and at Atlas House, Wigan are fully equipped with Wi-Fi so you can still work on that looming presentation without missing out on the sun.
Our offices are more than just a place to work; we help businesses grow by supporting their organisational and employee needs. To find out more about Club Thrive, visit www.thriveofficespace.co.uk/club-thrivesCategory - Blog