Six Tips to Improve Workplace Well-being

No matter how much you love your career choice, there are days when the stress you feel might make you want to walk away. Instead of trudging through, try to remember some of these helpful little tips found at MinuteHack.com. 1. Find your Why Are your mission statement and values clearly understood by your customers and employees? Friedrich Nietzsche, a German philosopher, stated, “He who has a why can endure any how.” Famous author Simon Sinek, in a Ted Talk entitled How Great Leaders Inspire Action explains this principle:

Every single person, every single organization on the planet knows what they do, 100 percent. Some know how they do it,...[b]ut very, very few people or organizations know why they do what they do. And by "why" I don't mean "to make a profit." That's a result. By "why," I mean: What's your purpose? What's your cause? What's your belief? Why does your organization exist? Why do you get out of bed in the morning? And why should anyone care? Inspired leaders and inspired organizations—regardless of their size, regardless of their industry—all think, act and communicate from the inside out.

Simon Sinek goes onto to explain that by shifting our focus from the superficial “what” we do to the more meaningful “why” we do it gives you and your business more success. By having a clear “why” you attract those who share your vision and want to help you achieve your goals.
2. Work smarter, not just harder Take the time to review your workflow. See how resources are being used and ask yourself if there is any unnecessary duplication of effort. Make sure to examine communication breakdown patterns, sizes and locations of teams, desk ratios, use of technology, facilities for mobile workers and other factors. Take the time to do your tasks efficiently and effectively. Check out our post on Time Windows for more tips on organizing your time to help work smarter, not harder. Time Magazine also offers these tips on how you can work smarter: avoid time wasters, create rituals throughout the day, remember that failing is okay, take and honor a “Sabbath.” 3. Make your workplace as comfortable as possible Did you know that having a window to the outside can make employees more productive? Research by the World Green Building Council found that an outdoor view can increase productivity by 25%. They also found that natural light will increase productivity by 18%. This same council estimates that better air quality will improve productivity by up to 11%. Just imagine what having a few simple plants—lives ones, not those fake ficus plants—can do. They clean your air and make your property look nicer. Not a bad trade-off as long as you’re willing to keep them watered. In addition, a little bit of color goes along way. Did you know that yellow gets the creative juices flowing? Or that green reduces stress and promotes calmness? Or that the color blue promotes focus? A workspace that looks, feels and smells great, and reflects the individuality of the people in it, while meeting business needs, will be more efficient and morale-boosting. 4. Avoid Sound Pollution All around us is constant noise. Cars, electrical whirring of houses, music, people talking, etc. Noise is an unwanted distraction, and it can cause major employee dissatisfaction. Imagine a radio is playing, people are talking, you’re trying to concentrate, and then the phone rings. How nerve-racking! Use furniture that absorbs sound, like cushioned sofas or chairs, to reduce echoes and alleviate noise pollution. 5. Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Taking a brief walk on your break will give you a boost of endorphins and make your day better. A light workout can also greatly improve your mental health. Stand up. Move around. Workers, on average, sit for almost 9 hours a day. Sitting at a desk for longer than four hours a day can cause stiffness, back pain and muscular problems, as well as disrupting blood sugar levels. Getting up and walking around will help to keep the spine aligned and will cause less spinal fatigue, more energy and greater focus. 6. Fruit for the soul A healthy diet, especially focusing on fruit, will help you stay awake and alert throughout the day. Research has shown eating an apple in the morning is not only better for you than a cup of coffee, but it will also give you more energy. Coffee’s caffeine and carbohydrate combination drops your blood sugar and also increases heart-rate, blood pressure, and respiration. The natural sugars in the apple will also give you the necessary energy boost without the carbohydrates and caffeine. Improving your environment will help improve your mental state. Do what is practical for you and your property. As you take small steps, you will be happier, healthier, and more productive.
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