Rest & Recovery
Many of us have fallen into the ‘always on’ trap, where there rarely seem to be enough hours in the day. As a result, it is not unusual for employees to drag themselves in when they’re not well enough to work, work through lunch breaks and even take work home with them, answering emails late into the evening/ out of hours.
We are firm believers that organisations should encourage a balance of down time to help get the very best out of their team, we call this sharpening the saw. With this in mind we’d encourage you to consider the following few tips to help contribute to the rest and recovery aspect of your wellbeing plan...
Tip 1 - It's okay not to be okay
Tip 2 - Encourage breaks
Encourage employees to leave their workspace at regular intervals/designated breaks. Grab a drink, stretch the legs and/or take some fresh air. Regular breaks keep the mind and body fresh and therefore has a positive impact on overall productivity.
Encourage ill employees to remain at home and take time off sick. Doing so not only prevents the spread of illness throughout the workplace but will also likely allow the employee to recover fuller and quicker as opposed to coming in but not being productive.
Tip 3 - Set rules
Set rules within your organisation where employees are only contacted about work issues inside set working hours. Allow employees to switch off from their tasks each evening as opposed to taking work home with them or continuing to respond to emails.
Tip 4 - Have focussed time
Consider common diary blackouts from meetings to allow employees to take some time for themselves.
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Beyond this we believe there are 6 key areas that should feature within any successful wellbeing strategy.
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