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How to Improve Well-being At Work

From staying hydrating to making time for mindfulness, see our tips for improving well-being at work.

How to Improve Wellbeing at Work

Well-being at work is one of the most important factors when it comes to work/life balance. It's far too easy to fall into feeling overworked, over-looked, and fast approaching work burnout. Ginger, a part of Headspace, the mental health technology platform, released an annual report in 2021 that confirmed 98% of CEOs say their company offers mental health benefits. At the same time, only 55% of employees say that their company does. As in their annual report for 2024, '77% of employees say that work stress has negatively impacted their physical health'.

As we know, prevention is better than cure. Improving wellbeing at work is more than simply suggesting employees go for a walk on their lunch break or giving the option for casual Fridays.

The best way to improve the wellbeing in a workplace is to make sure employees are in a comfortable position to openly voice concerns and adjust ways of working that suit them to promote productivity, and mental and physical wellbeing. This is why we have put together this helpful list of ways to improve wellbeing at work. Below is our list of ways you can help improve your happiness and efficiency in the workplace without feeling like you're trying to break the glass ceiling.

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Wellbeing in the workplace tips

Our five steps to improving well-being, productivity, and overall happiness in work:

Encourage mindfulness

In light of the figures we have just uncovered, mindfulness is one of the best ways to improve employee wellbeing. Ways to do this could be as simple as having a quiet room for employees to take ten minutes for themselves after an important client call or before a presentation to give their minds some time to regroup. It is easy to get stressed in day-to-day jobs. Stepping back and taking some time could do the world of good for your physical and mental well-being.

Take screen breaks

The above leads us very nicely to our next tip. Take proper screen breaks. If you're guilty of working through lunch and can feel the strain, this is your sign to take those well-deserved breaks. Get yourself and a colleague a tea or coffee and look at something that isn't a screen for a little while. After a catch-up and a tasty brew, you should feel ready to take on the task at hand.

To ensure all colleagues lave their desks during lunch hours and stretch their legs, consider making their lunch room able to acommodate all staff, from facilities to seating.

Promote hydration

Hydration is key to everyday tasks, and this is extremely prominent in the workplace. Keeping hydrated reduces the risk of headaches, helps support creativity, reduces anxiety, and helps promote healthy sleep. All of these are factors that affect how we perform at work. The best for employees to have easy access to water is by having water dispensers available. See our water dispensers for the workplace and our hot water tap for offices.

If you struggle to remember to drink water throughout the day, set a timer a few times a day to remind yourself to top up your water intake. It's very easy and you should really feel the benefits of keeping hydrated when working.

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Create a pet-friendly environment

Unhappiness at work leads to stress, which can make the office hostile for individuals. In a bid to improve employee morale, more and more workplaces are introducing pet-friendly offices. According to the University of Southern California, "Employers and employees are discovering that pets at the workplace make them happier, lower stress levels, and create a comfortable, flexible environment. Pets can create camaraderie within the workplace and trigger interactions that may not have happened without them."

Encourage collaboration within the workplace

Encouraging collaboration amongst colleagues can help manage workloads leading to greater results. With effective teamwork, colleagues may feel a weight lifted off their shoulders, gain the ability to see different points of view and obtain greater understanding. Colleagues can share others' strengths, positively affecting their mental health if they are experiencing feelings of stress.

Try to get plenty of sleep

This may seem glaringly obvious, but we've got to discuss how much sleep affects our productivity and in turn, the work we produce. According to the Sleep Foundation, those 18 years and above should be sleeping 7-8 hours every evening. Working while fatigued can have a major negative influence on job performance. Overworked brain cells slow down physical responses, impede reasoning, and leave people feeling psychologically and mentally spent.

Related Article – Drinking Water Promotes Productivity.

The above tips are ultimately acts of self-care, which is the most important kind of care when it comes to well-being. Improve your workplace well-being by staying hydrated, getting plenty of sleep and taking screen breaks.

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