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.
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.
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?
At Tailored Fit, we are always looking for ways to improve our methods to better serve companies. Our iterative approach has shifted our attention toward sleep and the role it plays in staff wellbeing and performance. Over the last few weeks we have discussed the three pillars of staff wellness, Physical, Mental and Nutritional Wellbeing. It’s important to remember that these are all interlinked and if one aspect is an issue, this will often be of detrimental affect to the other aspects.
Sleep is one of the most overlooked areas of staff wellbeing yet can reap the biggest rewards. If sleep were a performance-enhancing drug then it would be banned. Sleep is the very foundation on which the pillars of wellness stand.
Successful wellness programmes usually have a couple of things in common. Firstly, they have specific outcome goals; they have been designed to tackle specific health and wellbeing issues that companies are facing. Without this direction, wellness programmes end up being, at best, a nice perk.
The second thing successful programmes have in common is that they have specific programme targets. These targets are the markers of how well the programme is being utilised. They guide the process of iteration when adjusting a programme to hit the outcome goals. If a programme is not having the desired effect and yet your programme targets have been met, it may well be an indicator that your programme needs to be more comprehensive.
Technology is playing an increasing role in our day-to-day lives, with the ability to track and analyse data on our health becoming a mainstay.
From Fitbits to Apple watches, staff can track how many steps they are taking, how often they move, their heart rate and food intake. The key question is, from a company perspective, what data can we best utilise to improve staff health, wellbeing, engagement and productivity?
In this first part we will be taking a look at one of our favourite pieces of wellness kit… heart rate variability monitors!
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