Wellbeing in the workplace

Why is wellbeing in the workplace so important for a business?

There are many reasons why wellbeing in the workplace is important. Not only for the obvious health benefit to employees but also to the overall running of the business; healthy employees perform better, work better together and they achieve better results.

It’s essential for an organisation to ensure good wellbeing in the workplace as it is nothing without its’ people. In order for a business to run smoothly and successfully, it needs its employees to be healthy and focussed; Organisations that realise and act on this are the ones that will continue to grow, adapt and outperform those that don’t.

That said, it’s not all about the organisation, it is important that individuals are aware of and understand ways to stay healthy and happy in the workplace that have the best impact on them. Research and recent studies show there are many ways to improve your wellbeing at work. Social relationships, along with steady mental and physical health are actually what matters most when it comes to happiness.

 

Here are our tips on how to improve your wellbeing in the workplace:

Nature

Have you noticed that you tend to feel happier outdoors? This is not a coincidence. Scientific studies from the UK have revealed that individuals who spend more time in green spaces reduce their risk of stress and high blood pressure. We get it – not every job involves being outdoors – so why not bring the outdoors in? Get a desk plant – it’s proven that employee productivity increases by 15% just from being around nature, be it indoors or outdoors.

Healthy diet

Eating a healthy diet isn’t just good for the waistline, it can improve your mental wellbeing too! Eating unprocessed foods such as fruit and veg are proven to increase positivity and productivity at work.  

Manage workload and hours

We’ve all been there and sometimes it feels like there just aren’t enough hours in the day – too much work piled up causes stress, unhappiness and anxiety. It’s a downward spiral that isn’t good for your wellbeing– stress leads to sleepless nights which can lead to physical fatigue and a decline in productivity levels. If you can relate to this, it’s time to start managing your workload and how long you spend on each task. Make lists, prioritise work, delegate and most importantly ask for help if you need it.

Take time out for yourself

When was the last time you just stopped for a minute, collected your thoughts and relaxed your mind? Taking a moment allows you to pause from everyday life stresses and can lead to feelings of overall happiness and wellbeing. It is no coincidence that mindfulness is all the rage right now, there are plenty of apps to help if you struggle to switch off, test them out and see which works best for you.

Stretch out those everyday worries

Feeling uptight and stressed? Time to hit the yoga mat. Yoga combines multiple self-soothing techniques including socialisation, relaxation and meditation. It is the ideal way for individuals to practice mindfulness and improve overall wellness whilst working out. If you can’t get to a yoga studio don’t worry, grab yourself a towel or mat and a quiet space and use one of the many videos found online to guide you through a virtual class.   

Here at Bain and Gray, we are all big supporters of ensuring a happy and healthy wellbeing in the office. Recently our directors Emily Bain and Claire Gray have started offering flexi time to the team to enable them to focus on themselves during the day. Whether it is a morning workout or evening school run, by offering flexi time each individual can still manage and enjoy doing things outside of work without feeling the pressure of being in at a certain time.

Learning how to improve your mental wellness and self-happiness in the workplace does not only have a huge effect on your productivity, but on others around you too. If you are working in a relaxed and positive environment, then you are more likely to experience a healthier and happier mindset.

Ready to cultivate your happiness and improve your mental wellness at work?