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Taking control of wellness in the workplace: What you can do?

09/09 2019Posted by: npower Resourcing Team Subscribe to this blog


Wellness is a term that has been heavily circulating in the media over the last few years, and with the abundance of information, it can seem an overwhelming task to achieve this state of mind. However, by breaking down the ‘wellness’ concept into approachable, achievable goals – such as staying healthy in the workplace – you’ll be taking considerable steps toward improving your overall wellbeing. The International Labour Organization considers workplace wellbeing to be a strive for healthy, satisfied and engaged workers. There are various small actions that you can take which can have a big impact on your professional welfare – here are some of our favourites: 

Take notice of your surroundings. 

Set aside a few minutes in your day to step back and appreciate the little things. Whilst this may seem like a simple step it is a great tool for achieving a sense of clarity and calmness. Allowing yourself a chance to be in the moment and exercise your mindfulness can improve your work engagement, essentially allowing you to be more focused and more productive in the workplace. At npower, we understand the importance of mindfulness in the workplace which is why we actively encourage our employees to practice it daily. As with any other skill, you will notice it strengthening over time. 

Get your steps in. 

Just as we are aware of the positive impact that mindfulness has on our wellbeing, we know that engaging in any form of physical activity reduces stress levels. If you don’t have gym facilities nearby to your work, or any exercise classes that fit in with your schedule, you can still keep active in the day by stretching your legs during your lunch break. Suggest a walk and talk activity with a colleague; the fresh air can help to clear your head, inspire ideas, and is a great opportunity to spend time out of the office with your colleagues. 

Connect with your co-workers. 

You spend a significant amount of time at work so it’s important to enjoy what you do and enjoy the people that you work with. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is one of the most influential theories in psychology. It proposes that there are five ‘needs’ that must be fulfilled for us to be both physically and mentally well - one being the need for social connections. Nurture your workplace relationships and satisfy your natural craving to belong to a community. You can do this by offering to make a tea for someone, getting involved with social events, and strengthening the culture at your company by participating in or creating community groups. The Harvard Study of Adult Development suggests that if you endeavour to move beyond small conversation with your colleagues and build a real connection, you’ll reap the benefits in the form of increased happiness. 

Talk to your manager. 

By keeping communication channels open with your manager and peers, you’ll be much more likely to feel comfortable raising issues and questions as they arise. In the UK 84% of managers believe that it is their duty to ensure the wellbeing of their employees. So when your manager tells you “My door is always open”, take note. Alternatively, suggest to your line manager that you have a monthly or quarterly catch up and use this informal meeting as a chance to broach any topics. Discussing your concerns is a great stress prevention tool - impartial opinions and advice can help you to reach a solution before you become overwhelmed.

Sleep is your best friend so don’t neglect it. 

It’s easy to overlook our self-care, and one the first things that we let suffer is our sleep. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine found that survey respondents attributed reduced workplace performance to lack of sleep, finding that it negatively impacted their ability to actively listen in meetings and caused them to spend longer on tasks. In order to improve your engagement at work aim to set aside a minimum of 30 minutes before you go to bed. During this time resist the temptation to look at a screen. Instead, dedicate this time to a hobby or engage in anything that helps you to unwind and relax your mind. 

Discover how you can be healthy, satisfied and engaged with a job at npower.

npower understands the important role that wellbeing plays in creating an enjoyable and safe working environment. We are committed to promoting positive mental health in our workforce and are constantly assessing how we can improve the support that we offer our employees. That’s why our people love working at npower. 

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