As part of our corporate offsite offering, we often talk to staff about posture as a critical component of musculoskeletal health. It has a significant impact on staff health and on the bottom line of any business.
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.
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 often refer to three pillars of staff wellness, being the key areas of health that are most often affected in the workplace.
They are also the areas that have the greatest impact on the wellbeing of staff and their ability to perform at work. Looking at staff wellbeing both through the lens of altruism and productivity allows you to approach corporate wellness in a way that is both socially responsible and profitable.
Recently the conversation about staff health has moved onto a discussion around sleep. People are becoming more aware of the need for a decent amount of quality sleep. Sleep affects mental and physical health and makes a huge difference to work performance. The question is, as an employer, what can we actually do about this?
We posed this question to one of our trusted partners, Raewyn Guerrero, Functional Medicine Coach, sleep expert and founder of Well Works.
As our name suggests, at Tailored Fit we don’t believe in one-size-fits-all wellness programmes. Every company is different, so what works for one company may not work for another (however there are often common themes that will be seen from one company to the next!).
So here we will look at some anonymised data gathered at one company, along with the wellness programme designed to improve these metrics.
Musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace accounted for 35% of days lost in 2016/17 (HSE); the second highest after mental health. Whether staff are taking time off, or just distracted by pain while sitting at their desk, musculoskeletal issues have a huge impact on staff health and company productivity. The most common cause of issues is manual handling, but a large number of issues are caused from sitting in poor positions and/or just sitting for long periods of time. So, what can we do to improve the physical health of our staff?
Most of us know that our lifestyle, fitness levels and mental well-being affect our work and performance; but this often fails to affect our habits and behaviours. Many of the executives we see and work with know what to do; they just don’t do it. Ironically it is often “work” which is cited as the reason why these key areas of their health get neglected, even though this neglect subsequently leads to reduced performance at work. Breaking the cycle is key!
Corporate wellness has reached a stage in the adoption curve at which the early majority is fully on-board and the late majority are at least aware of the necessity. Although it has become more commonplace for companies to develop programmes for staff wellbeing, a lot are still quite primitive and aren’t necessarily having the desired effect.
So, what is going wrong with corporate wellness programmes and what are the pitfalls to avoid when developing your own?
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