Wellbeing at work not only benefits individuals but also companies. Wellbeing lowers absence rates, improves retention and also impacts on quality of work. Walking has a profound effect on wellbeing. We are all being encouraged to walk more, engage in walking commutes and take up walking meetings. This activity improves our physical and mental health as well as resilience levels, quality of communication and creativity. What else can help our work wellbeing?
Each of us has a different set of priorities and concerns. However, a number of factors contribute to wellbeing at work. Namely:
- Relationships: Particularly between line managers and direct reports
- Flexibility: Access to flexible working practices
- Having A Say: Being involved in decisions and able to make changes
- Job Fit: A job design that fits with skills and expectations
- Activity: Encouragement to keep moving throughout the day
What does wellbeing at work mean for you? Think of a day where you experienced a sense of wellbeing at work. Consider what you did, who you were with and where you were.
The office environment will also impact on your sense of wellbeing. Consider your own work environment including location, lighting, noise, temperature, facilities, your desk, furniture and relationship with co-workers. What matters to you and what helps or hinders you?
Reflect on your own experience of work and ask what small changes you can make to bring more wellbeing into your working life. Start by taking a walk at work.
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Some ideas drawn from the acas booklet, Health Work and Wellbeing, available at http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=1361