Posts Tagged ‘wellbeing’


In the hustle and bustle of the modern day workplace, how can you ensure your organisation puts the health of your employees on top of the priority list? Jo Lloyd, HR director at Arco, the protective equipment company, discusses their award-winning wellbeing philosophy and offers top tips on how to strengthen your own.   Read the rest of this entry »

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coach200x233I am often asked what it takes to become an executive coach. My answer? “A business card that says ‘Executive Coach’.”

Business, performance, or executive coaching (it goes by many names) is an unregulated industry. While you know that your doctor or dentist must have the correct qualifications and adhere to specific guidelines, anyone can call themselves an executive coach.

The world recession has left many managers and professionals without a job, and many want to share their knowledge and experience by offering an executive coaching service.

Of course, simply having great knowledge and experience doesn’t necessarily make you a great coach, but you can’t blame people for moving into this field. The industry is worth an estimated $1.5 billion, and there are about 30,000 coaches worldwide. Read the rest of this entry »

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chasing-tail200x233According to Robert E Quinn, “Leadership is not a position – it’s a state”.

The professor of business and management at the Center of Positive Organizations at Ross Business School, University of Michigan, also advises that you ask yourself this:

What results do you want to create?

By doing so, he believes, you immediately put yourself in the future instead of solving problems from the past.

When you are stressed or in a low mood, you automatically try to find the root of the problem and the reason why you feel the way you do. You might get stuck in your attempt to explain the problem and twist and turn different solutions to it.

Sometimes the ‘problem-solving search’ leads to more problems and negative emotions, and you end up chasing your own tail. A classic example is when your thoughts begin to revolve around the ‘why’, which research suggests is part of the problem. Read the rest of this entry »

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WorkplaceStress200x233Work-related stress is defined as a harmful reaction people have to undue pressures and demands place on them at work. A report by the Health and Safety Executive for 2011/12 says that 40% of reported work-related illnesses are caused by stress.

Of course, some stress can be good for people. It takes us out of our comfort zones and into our stretch zones – a place of personal and professional growth.

And while not all types of stress are negative, it’s useful to focus on something positive we can do to combat it.

Be positive to be resilient

Obviously – and this sounds simplistic – positive emotions drive wellbeing. But there’s a catch: For every negative emotion we must have three positive ones. Read the rest of this entry »

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IsYourJobMakingYouFat200x233It has long been accepted that employers have a duty of care towards their employees when it comes to health and wellbeing. The best employers will go beyond the bare bones of Health and Safety requirements and offer a whole host of support services and benefits, from tackling workplace stress, encouraging the use of healthy living initiatives and effectively implementing and communicating employee benefits designed to make their organisation a happier and healthier place to work.

But when it comes to diet and weight, the focus often falls on the individual. The latest obesity stats paint an alarming figure, with around of a quarter of UK adults (26% of women and 24% of men) falling into the ‘obese’ category. The health implications associated with obesity (increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, certain types of cancer, strokes and depression) are certainly not restricted to the personal domain, with workplace productivity bound to suffer should employees begin developing these types of medical problems. Yet many employers (and indeed employees) fail to realise the effect the workplace can have on diet and weight. Read the rest of this entry »

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Everyone has a normal range of body motion, but it diminishes as a consequence of inactivity. Joints maintain their youth essentially by virtue of movement. Diminished movement, from our desk-based lives, ages the body prematurely.

When tissue isn’t regularly moved, it dries out like the sponge that isn’t used. If you don’t move your body often at work and ‘feed’ your tissues, you may eventually find it very difficult to regain the flexibility and youthful ability you once had.

But fear not – help is at hand. Regular movement every day will help you maintain your flexibility and even reverse the effects of aging. Fitness must be a daily process and one that you can learn to love again.

Skip the jogging

Daily fitness is necessary to keep your body pain free and full of youthful energy. A daily routine that involves some stretching, strengthening, posture and breathing is ideal but once you’ve passed age 35 there are downsides to jogging. Jogging is carried out in an upright position, the lower back more arched with more load passing down through the hips, knees and feet. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wellbeing is when you’re physically and mentally in balance and feel healthy and happy. You need to understand yourself – your metabolic type, personality preferences, drivers and emotional balance – and from this awareness, know when you are in or out of balance. Your well-being is good when you feel healthy, motivated and productive at work.

Symptoms of being out of balance

-Feeling unwell or tired, finding it difficult to focus on tasks, meetings, etc.
-Putting on weight
-Becoming unhappy and experiencing mood swings that affect your work
-Building and maintaining relationships become difficult
-Growing uncertain about your position at work or your role in life.

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The UK works some of the longest hours in Europe, with the average working week being 37 hours. With a depressed job market, employees are inevitably finding the pressure at work increasing, and the temptation to stay longer or work through lunch hour is often winning out. The result is that many of us spend most of our week inside an artificial office microclimate with central heating or air conditioning as our constant companion. It is certainly not the ideal recipe for health, wellbeing and productivity.

Natural exposure

Being in an office environment reduces our exposure to key natural elements  like  sunlight and fresh air. We spend more and more time in front of our computer screens, sitting under artificial light. To compound the issue, in winter we often travel home in the dark with very little exposure to natural sunlight. Our working lives are often accompanied by common health complaints such as headaches, coughs, colds and fatigue. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why employee wellbeing matters - economic impactHere’s a whistle-stop tour of the evolution of employee wellbeing.

Come with me, if you will, into the ‘dark satanic mills’ of the mid-19th century. The lot of the working folk is a bad one and families give up their children into apprenticeships to ensure that they are fed and clothed in some manner. Working conditions are terrible, accidents are rife, and industrial diseases common. It is at this time that factory inspectors are first employed, in an attempt to stem the flow of child deaths.

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The biggest sporting event of the year is kicking off on the 27 July, and organisations have been busy making sure that sufficient processes and procedures are in place so that business can carry on as normal.

But it should not stop there. As the Olympics kick off, HR professionals have a huge opportunity to make their mark and use this as a way to drive change and demonstrate how investing in the health and wellbeing of staff can  improve business performance. From a business and individual perspective, the timing is perfect to push the importance of health, energy and performance. Here are some simple steps to help you implement a wellbeing programme that will  improve the performance of your business:

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