What is Workplace Wellbeing?
Workplace Wellbeing is becoming a hot topic since attracting the attention of policy makers due to a number of factors such as an increase in the cost of absence to businesses and the economy, the increase in the prevalence of mental health conditions and the increase in the number of incapacity benefit claimants.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) estimates that stress costs business £3.8 billion a year.
The CIPD Define Wellbeing as:
'Creating an environment to promote a state of contentment which allows an employee to flourish and achieve their full potential for the benefit of themselves and their organisation.'
Well-being is more than an avoidance of becoming physically sick. It represents a broader bio-psycho-social construct that includes physical, mental and social health. Well employees are physically and mentally able, willing to contribute in the workplace and likely to be more engaged at work.
Well-being at work, therefore, is not merely about managing a physical and cultural environment with the limited aim of not causing harm to employees.
It requires organisations to actively assist people to maximise their physical and mental health. In the past, well-being was something that was provided for employees by beneficent employers. Today employers and employees share that responsibility in partnership.
Mindfulness and Physical Activity such as Yoga or Mindful Movement are valuable ways to improve both physical and mental Workplace Wellbeing. And the two disciplines can be delivered separately to organisations that might want to focus more on the mental wellbeing of employees with Mindfulness or the physical wellbeing of employees with Yoga or Mindful Movement.
The approach to providing employees the opportunity to engage in Yoga and or Mindfulness can be structured in many different ways depending on the organisation. For example; Introducing a 2 hour or longer session as part of a Team Away day, offering taster sessions at breakfast, lunch or afterwork or incorporating a more structured Mindfulness for Stress Course for key decision makers as part if a wider Workplace Wellbeing initiative. Almost anything is possible - please see below for further ideas.
Benefits of Mindfulness for the Workplace?
- Reduce anxiety, stress, depression, exhaustion and irritability
- Improves working memory, creativity, attention span and reaction speeds.
- Enhances mental and physical stamina and resilience.
- Enhances brain function, increasing grey matter in areas associated with self-awareness, empathy, self-control and attention.
- Soothes the parts of the brain that produce stress hormones and builds those areas that lift mood and promote learning. It even reduces some of the thinning of certain areas of the brain that naturally occurs with ageing.
- Improves emotional intelligence and promotes better working relationships
BENEFITS OF YOGA / MINDFUL MOVEMENT FOR THE WORKPLACE?
- Increases energy, mental alertness, and clarity
- Relieves head, neck and back strain, carpal tunnel syndrome, insomnia, high blood pressure and work-related injuries from repetitive motion
- Helps employees manage weight by creating a more positive self-image and, in turn, encourages them to think about nutrition and what they eat
- Provides employees the opportunity to meet and interact with co-workers and supervisors in a casual way that can lead to deeper work relationships
- Improves posture and reduces risk for diseases
- Promotes higher job satisfaction and reduces employee absenteeism
NHS, Natural England, The Manor Clinic
References available on request
HOW TO BOOK
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 07541 830056 to discuss your requirements
What I offer
- Taster Yoga, Mindful Movement or Mindfulness Sessions
- Lunch time / after work Yoga or Mindful Movement Classes
- Lunch time / after work Relaxation Sessions
- Supervised Mindfulness Drop-In Sessions, Workshops
- Structured Mindfulness for Stress Courses
- Wellbeing Days or Sessions as part of Team Away Days
- Rehabilitation / Back to Work one to ones