More than ever, we’ve seen a massive emphasis on how vital workplace wellness has become in the modern office. More and more employees have become motivated to ensure their work/life balance is preserved, moving away from the mindsets of previous generations.
From an employer's perspective, the nature of catering to workplace wellness can seem daunting, with many taking the attitude that wellness is the employee's responsibility. However, we’d argue that workplace wellness isn’t just for employees but everyone – from high-level managers to entry-level workers.
In today's blog, we’ll dive into the details of workplace wellness, and how, when done correctly, it can be hugely beneficial to any office culture. If you’re an employer or manager looking to improve your workplace and your employees' personal health, this could be vital!
Why Workplace Wellness Is Crucial
Employees can spend, on average, between 40-50 hours of their week at work, with nearly a third of their meals eaten in the office. As a result, the modern office can feel like a second home for many workers. With so much time spent at work, it’s no surprise that a workplace environment can profoundly affect an employee's health.
Work is also a stressful activity for many, with shifting deadlines and business complications making it difficult to relax even a little. In years past, the need for a “high-speed” work culture was desirable; however, we’ve since realized how much this can negatively affect a worker's health if we don’t allow ourselves some respite.
Breathwork & Employee Health
The mental and physical health of employees should always be a significant concern for any employer and business.
If speaking from a purely business perspective, employee health is directly correlative to the ability of a company to function, with overworked and undervalued employees often more likely to get sick or burnout. As a result, reducing stress through wellness practices and breathwork techniques is vital to encouraging a healthier workplace and culture. The carry-on of this is the continued productivity and happiness of employees and a business that benefits from improved efficiency and harmony.
The Power of Feedback
One way to get started on improving your employee's workplace wellness is to begin with your workers. Create a survey and ask your employees directly what they think. When doing this, consider the following questions:
Is it challenging to maintain and healthy work/life balance?
If so, how do you believe it could be improved?
Do you find elements of the workplace anxiety-inducing?
Do you believe a wellness program or incentive would improve your experience?
Is there a space for you to clear your head when you need it?
Take the feedback here as an opportunity to get ahead of any problems as they arise while ensuring your employees are honest and anonymous in their responses. Encouraging a breathwork exercise can be vital as an initial change and can be used to inspire further tweaks to your office culture as you go.
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And remember: Breathe Better, Live Better.