Employees often dream of having work-life balance. In an age of technology, employees receive information at a growing speed and spend the majority of their days staring at screens, multi-tasking with often intense and time-consuming projects. Those stresses, anxieties and overall pressures can become detrimental to progress and affect the quality of the work at hand.
With those concerns in mind, how can an employer promote healthy self-care practices that increase productivity, creativity and focus in the workplace? Here are our tips for implementing self-care practices for your employees.
Establish Walking Meetings
Walking and talking meetings are the perfect way to remain productive and get some fresh air. This method promotes exercise and creates alertness in the conversation and joy in the opportunity to get out of the office. These meetings also break down the barrier between manager and employee by walking side by side, instead of communicating in power positions often created by traditional meetings.
Recognizing someone for their great work sounds simple, but taking a brief moment to acknowledge the positive contributions your employee brings to the team encourages productivity and confidence in their work. Studies show that employees who are encouraged often return better work. Conversely, employees who quit their jobs are more likely to quit because they did not receive appreciative feedback. Everyone wins with positive reinforcement. The employee feels appreciated and the employer receives high-quality work in response.
Hold Self-Care Office Events
Regularly scheduled self-care events such as 10-minute massages, mindfulness courses, meditation rooms and therapy dogs encourage self-care in the workplace. Having scheduled events with sign-up sheets inspires employees to commit to taking a break and resetting themselves for the rest of the work day – sending them back into the work day refreshed and ready to handle their tasks in a more relaxed and open state.
Encourage Physical Health Opportunities
A huge aspect of mental health stability in the workplace is encouraging positive physical health practices. Whenever there is an opportunity, serve healthy and nutritious food options at meetings and celebrations. Also, if possible, adding gym memberships grants employees the ability to get moving. A regular fitness routine increases endorphins which alleviate stress and anxiety! Relieving anxiety and stress will allow employees to focus on the job at hand with a clear mind and therefore produce higher-quality work.
Create Your Own Self-Care Routine
Set an example for your employees with a self-care routine and reap the personal benefits at the same time. Try to develop your own system complete with breaks, prioritizing your work and responsibilities, and utilizing health resources. You can also organize your work space in a clear, personalized way complete with calming images and quotes for inspiration.
Self-care initiatives in the workplace can improve you and your employees’ experiences in amazing ways. From productive work flow, positive energy and increasing motivation to come to work, self-care can allow one’s work and life to not just balance out, but come together.