For over 6 years now, I have worked to improve the health of those working in the square mile of London. Over this time I began to notice patterns correlating between issues, habits, struggles and achievements. But these correlations were not just limited to health outcomes; in fact, they often materialised and manifested in work performance. Many people will have …
For over 6 years now, I have worked to improve the health of those working in the square mile of London. Over this time I began to notice patterns correlating between issues, habits, struggles and achievements. But these correlations were not just limited to health outcomes; in fact, they often materialised and manifested in work performance.
These days, from a coaching perspective, I work almost exclusively with senior executives and utilise the latest technology available in performance, health and body composition monitoring. This gives me a great deal of data as output, which can be leveraged to influence the health and performance of these executives, but also to also continue spotting patterns across the bigger picture.
The classic 9am to 5pm workday seems to be disappearing. For most of us it actually just seems to be getting longer and longer!
We are expecting more from our staff in this age of connectivity, but do these longer hours actually lead to getting more done? Or are we sacrificing production capacity in favour of a short-term production increase?
Alongside companies who are trying to squeeze every hour of the day from their employees sit another type of company who believe that less is more. That’s not less work, but less time in the office.
It’s easy for staff to stay in tiptop shape when its business as usual… right? So when the workload piles up, it’s easy for staff with even the best of intentions to let their health and fitness routines slip, eat whatever comes to hand and start to disrupt their sleep cycle through stress and late nights.
At Tailored Fit, having worked with executives in the midst of multinational mergers and with partners at law firms working on billion-pound deals we know what it looks like when the going gets tough. Attempting to maintain the same health and fitness regimes during these unusually intense periods is nigh on impossible. That said, for the sake of both health and work performance it is important to find a way of keeping those wellness wheels turning.
In theory, an office should be an environment in which staff can perform at their best, day after day, without a detrimental affect on their health. Not only should we not expect staff to trade their health for a salary, but we now know that there is an undeniable correlation between staff health and performance.
Therefore, creating the right environment and providing the necessary facilities for staff is key to long-term health and performance. So, what office features are conducive to health and how many do you already have at your workspace?
From performance reviews to a high-performance culture, the word ‘performance’ gets a lot of use in the corporate world. But like many such terms, it seems to mean different things to different people.
For some it is purely a gauge of productivity and output, whilst for others they see it as a measure of efficiency.
At Tailored Fit, we have spent 6 years developing multi-faceted strategies to help executives to maximise their performance. So, let look at precisely what we mean when we talk about high-performance and the factors that underpin it.
Many high performers, from CEO’s to athletes, use habits and routines to maximise their performance capabilities.
From Mark Zuckerberg wearing the same thing every day to Richard Branson starting each day with exercise, those performing at the highest levels rely on habits and routines.
How you spend the time shortly after you wake is crucial to setting yourself up for a high-performing day. This first ‘hypnopompic’ hour can determine your mental state and physical energy for the rest of the day.
So, what exactly can you or the key players within your organisation do to maximise performance potential? This week we look at 5 key habits that can keep you at your best.
Often when you are focused on a particular project or are caught in the daily grind of work, it can be hard to see that your performance is flagging.
Ironically when you are suffering from fatigue, your ability to recognise it is reduced in much the same way that people feel they are fine to drive after a couple of drinks. You also get used to this fatigued feeling as your new “normal” and therefore you forget what it felt like to perform at your best. This combination means a lot of executives will think they are performing optimally when in fact they are way off the mark.
It is a fairly common statement that people are the lifeblood of companies. We spend time and money finding and hiring the best people, and then additional time and resources developing them.
Whether they are the CEO or Global Head of X; your Senior Executives will be experienced, highly trained and hopefully skilled in their role and paid accordingly. So, why would you settle for having them perform sub-optimally?
Although paramount to optimal health and performance, nutrition is often omitted from corporate wellness programmes. It is also one of the vital areas often neglected by individuals. Considering it can have such huge implications on cognitive ability, energy levels, metabolic health and mental wellbeing, it is crucial to support staff to eat well.
In this article we’ll look at two key areas that will have an affect on performance at work and ways in which you can help your staff to thrive.
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