When it comes to getting the most out of each working day, hitting the ground running, as a team, can make a huge difference. No matter how many of your team members woke up on the wrong side of the bed, it's possible to reel in individual moods and feelings by solidifying a sense of group optimism and focus from the moment your people walk in the door. Want to know how? Read on for some easy-to-implement, super-effective ideas.
When it comes to business, and this rings true especially for employee engagement, we can learn a great deal from analysing our deepest fears. Are you able to identify your company's sticking points, the areas in which the company culture could be blocking it's own development, the points where walls have sprung up where there should be doors?
How do your employees feel about stress, pressure at work, and life balance? Here at Best Companies, Wellbeing is one of 8 vital factors which together formulate our BCI Methodology, because we believe that cultivating employee wellbeing is absolutely essential to developing high levels of engagement in your workplace.
We're always scouring our favourite sources for the latest ways to help you bring health and wellbeing to your workforce. Rather than focusing on quick fixes and flash-in-the-pan, trends, however, we prefer to keep an eye out for the really revolutionary tools which tend to be simple to implement yet big on results.
Ah, Mondays at the office. When they go well, they're an invigorating initiation into another great working week where anything could happen. And when they go badly? Well, we all know how it feels when Mondays go badly.
So, how to guarantee that your Mondays kick start with an upswing of positive energy rather than a dive into the murky abyss of stress and chaos? Here's our list of 6 mindset-altering ways to guarantee that you hit the ground running on a weekly basis.
Amidst our hectic, hyper-connected lives, we're more aware than ever before of the mounting dangers of stress. Over a sustained period of time, workplace stress can be debilitating for the individual. On a physical level, stress can lead to an increased risk of heart disease, hormonal imbalances and insomnia. On an emotional level, this can translate into fraught relationships both inside and outside of work, feelings of low self worth and lowered resiliency when it comes to dealing with life's ups and downs. According to Forbes, more than 40% of adults say they lie awake at night plagued by the stressful events of the day. Like many wellbeing concerns, stress in the workplace is not merely an issue for the individual – from an employer's point of view it can have a profound effect upon engagement and productivity within an organisation.
Wellbeing has been a hot topic in the arena of employee engagement for quite some time now. You don't need to be a left-field business genius to know that taking good care of your people means taking good care of your companies' future. But beyond introducing free gym passes for your employees or an office fruit bowl, what else can we do to really bring vitality to our offices in 2016? How can we refresh the way we think about wellbeing as we move forwards into the New Year? Here are just a few ideas. We're sure you've plenty more, so feel free to use the comments box to share your words of wellbeing wisdom.
Get planning the party
Whether your company experiences the onset of a slow lull in activity during the lead up to Christmas, or an outburst of frenzied goings-on, it can be all too easy to leave the organisation of festive celebrations until the last minute. Start planning your Christmas party early, long before the best restaurants become as booked up as your employees' social schedules.
We all know that one of the many keys to business success is learning how keep productivity high through good time management. Why, then, do companies typically assume that new starters, even in lower-tier positions, will already possess the time management skills they need to excel? Time management is such an old-skool fact of business that we often forget about it, moving swiftly on to new-fangled techniques and concepts. Well, if you're reading this blog post amidst your twentieth 5 minute internet surf of the day, then you'll know that nobody's time management skills are ever 100% perfectly honed. That said, keep reading and you can get back to what you were meant to be doing, complete with some excellent tips which can easily be explained to the most time-challenged of teams.
It's clearer than ever before that healthier people make for a healthier business. For example, there is a strong correlation between wellbeing and engagement. Here at Best Companies, we love to showcase some of the exciting and innovate ways in which trailblazing organisations are improving the mental and physical wellbeing of their employees. Diet can be a great place to start, especially since office snack trolleys and vending machines tend to be geared towards calorie-laden, sugar filled treats rather than more nutritionally balanced fare. If you're looking to give your office snack cupboard a bit of a revamp, then here are a few superfoods to get you started.
Best Companies has long cited employee wellbeing as a key element of a successful, happy workplace; that's why wellbeing is one of our 8 factors of engagement. How your employees feel about stress, pressure at work, and life balance, is integral to your company's potential for sustainable growth based upon the principles of transformational engagement. Given the strong correlation between engagement and financial performance, ensuring that employees feel looked after both physically and mentally has never been more vital to organisations' health.