Posts Tagged ‘employee wellbeing’

Are There Signs of Improvement for Employee Wellbeing and Engagement?

Wednesday, April 20th, 2022

The pandemic has had an extraordinarily impact on employee wellbeing with daily stress and daily worries presenting themselves in so many diverse ways.

Employee wellbeing has always been a core focus for HR, but it has become vividly important during the pandemic. Fostering employee wellbeing can help prevent stress and create positive working environments where individuals and organisations can thrive.

There are many impactful ways managers can support employee wellbeing and they don’t all need big budgets.

 

  1. Involve employees in dialogue and decision-making

When employees feel involved and well informed about what’s happening in the organisation, it increases motivation and helps individuals understand how their role fits into the bigger picture.

 

  1. Build social cohesion and support

Employers and managers should look for ways to build social cohesion and support – for example through team building and good leadership.

If you want to take positive actions to make the workplace a mutually supportive environment where good work relationships thrive:

  • promote positive behaviours to avoid conflict and ensure fairness
  • ensure policies on bullying and harassment are in place
  • encourage exercise and regular social events to boost staff health, team work and mental wellbeing

 

  1. A culture of openness

Speak regularly with team members to check how they’re doing and to reflect on what might be causing them stress. Don’t be afraid to show your human side and openness to speak about personal mental health and wellbeing.

 

  1. Pay attention to work-life balance

Working long hours can have a major influence on employees’ wellbeing, and in a digital age there is a real risk individuals feel they have to always be connected. Sustained pressure and a poor work-life balance can quickly lead to stress and burnout, reduced productivity, creativity and morale.

Employers must keep this in check to protect their employees’ mental health. Empower your employees and give them autonomy so that they control their work methods and schedule. Not only to encourage a culture of taking time out when you need it and disconnecting when their work is done, but nurture that practice also and make it an acceptable way of working.

 

  1. Better support for people working from home

Just under three-quarters of organisations (72%) are providing new or better support for people working from home (CIPD Ireland).

Employers must encourage more responsible use of digital technologies and acknowledge that regular movement breaks and time away from screens are essential for good health and wellbeing.

 

  1. Remind employees to take care of themselves

To grow your wellbeing though, you need to invest in yourself, which is something that many individuals do not feel they have time, space or perhaps permission to do.

Employers need to remind their employees that there are many different things that they can do to improve their wellbeing, as presented below.

 

Smart employers know that organisations perform better when staff are healthy, motivated and focused. By supporting employee wellbeing, they reap the benefits through enhanced productivity, profitability, morale, loyalty, commitment and innovation.

For more on this topic read our article Wellbeing From the Top Down. You can also join several events and fundraisers, such as Darkness Into Light from Pieta House, as they are great opportunities for companies to come together and raise awareness of various mental health issues.

Why You Should Celebrate Pancake Tuesday in the Workplace

Tuesday, March 1st, 2022

1. It brings people together.

Celebrating Pancake Tuesday together builds camaraderie and creates a more positive environment. And the great news: happiness is contagious.

2. Celebrating one moment affects many.

Having positive interactions at work broadens our thinking. They create memories of laughter, personal stories and team work.

3. It’s relatively cheap and it works.

Recognition, encouragement and rewards are proven to boost workplace morale and productivity. 69% of employees said they would work harder if they were better recognized by their managers and peers.

4. Set bigger and better goals.

 Just a little bit of downtime to celebrate with pancakes gives you the mental space to think big.

5. Confidence.

Being recognised either as an individual or as a collective team with a celebration such as pancakes in work, allows you to take stock of your unique talents and what it took to overcome the challenges that landed you in celebration mode.

 

We have included some links to our favourite recipes below!

https://www.fionasfoodforlife.ie/banana-blueberry-pancakes

http://www.cookingisfun.ie/ballymaloe-cookery-school/simply-delicious-pancakes

https://www.happypearcourses.com/pancakes

https://www.odlums.ie/recipes/traditional-pancakes/

https://donalskehan.com/recipes/pancakes-three-ways/

 

Have a “flipping” great day!

Tips for a Healthy Happy Festive Season after a Pandemic Year

Monday, December 20th, 2021

It’s Christmas, the shops are bulging with all things nice and temptation to avail of the bumper packs, two for one and buy one get one free offers. And that’s just the food and alcohol!!! Add in the pressure to have a showroom perfect house with themed decorations, enough lights to be visible from the moon and a mountain of beautifully wrapped gifts, plus end of year work deadlines, and the stress levels begin to rise and panic sets in. And that’s before factoring in the additional anxiety of PCR and antigen tests, COVID certs, vaccine boosters and the general weariness of the past year.

We’re all tired and need some rest. We also need to refuel, recharge and get ready for the new year, which hopefully will finally see the fading away of COVID and a return to a freer living environment.

Here are some seasonal tips to help avoid the January blues and enjoy the festivities without too much overindulgence and extra stress.

Food

It’s so easy to overeat over Christmas, goodies are a plenty as we stock up on tasty treats because “hey it’s Christmas”! And yes, we do all deserve to overdo it a little but the key message here is MODERATION.  Instead of saying yes to everything, and mindlessly dipping into the bowls of crisps, sweets, picking off the plates of nibbles and having that extra mince pie – STOP! Think about what you are eating, enjoy and savour it and then step away.  There are usually some healthy options too, try a few and surprise yourself on how tasty they can be, replenishing your vitamin and mineral levels at the same time.

Food is fuel – the cleaner and purer the more efficient and stronger the body!

Exercise

Running around the shops, traipsing around town and decorating the house is often all the exercise many of us get at Christmas. And yes, it does count but keeping active and getting some fresh air has a huge impact on balancing stress levels and keeping the extra inches at bay.  A brisk walk after a big meal is a great way to keep energised and if you have a current exercise routine don’t put it on hold altogether for the month of December.  Stick with it as much as possible and come January the thought of going back to the gym, hitting the pavements or signing back up for that pilates class will not hurt as much.  It’s a great way to get together with friends and family too, organise a hike and a picnic, a turkey sandwich eaten at the top of a mountain cannot be beaten.  And for the really brave and bold a dip in the sea will put a skip in anyone’s step – just be careful!

A fit and active body is one that is truly alive!

Stress

The end of the year can be a hugely stressful time in any work environment.  With deadlines, targets, planning and budgets all top of the agenda the pressure can be at boiling point.  Take stock, prioritise and manage your time efficiently. Plan your day and stick with that plan as best you can.  Be realistic in what you can achieve and be open with your colleagues and managers on your manageable goals.

The same applies for stress at home, financially Christmas can add huge strain so be realistic and don’t spend what you don’t have. Easy to say, but by planning early, taking advantage of offers, pre-Christmas sales and not leaving everything to the last minute you can avoid getting into debt and spending January worrying about bills and expenses.

Take stock, be realistic and plan for a stress-free time.

Alcohol

Mulled wine, bubbles, cocktails and sherry it’s hard to avoid a tipple or two and get a bit merry. Family gatherings and meeting up with friends there’s usually some alcohol on offer and given the festive spirit, well why not!! But being mindful of what you are drinking is the key to minding yourself.  No one enjoys hangovers and that feeling of dread after one too many and if you are already feeling stressed or a little bit low those feelings are magnified and come become overwhelming.  Follow the tips of never drinking on an empty stomach (hard to do over Christmas); pace yourself, drink plenty of water and try not to mix your drinks too much.   Be aware of how much you are drinking, don’t top up, finish your glass first otherwise you really have no idea how much you have drunk. And remember it is ok to say NO! Your friends and family will be jealous of your clear head the next day.

Have a tipple and be merry just don’t over-do it on the Sherry!

And lastly be mindful of others.  Christmas can be a difficult time for many people, particularly this year, so if you know someone is feeling low, lonely or stressed reach out to them. Volunteer to help out at a local centre, fund raising or simply to do a bit of shopping for a neighbour – it will make their day and make you feel good too.

Enjoy, be kind, be safe and be healthy… Happy Christmas!

Ingrid O’Sullivan, Voltedge Management Operations Manager