How to improve wellbeing in the workplace

How to improve wellbeing in the workplace

Feel like you’re in Groundhog Day?

It’s really tricky when you wake up on a Monday morning and have to drag yourself into a job that’s either really dull, really stressful or just really unfulfilling.

All sorts of factors can influence your reasons for sticking it out, turning up every day and feeling like you’re stuck in the film Groundhog Day! Your wellbeing in the workplace is probably the last thing on your mind as you’re just struggling to get through each day.

The reasons are varied, from the lack of skills to make a change, to the desire for financial security or maybe the fear of being made redundant, so it just feels safer to stay where you are.

An unhappiness epidemic

An article published in the Independent last year stated that more than “one third of UK employees are unhappy in their jobs”. Wellbeing in the workplace doesn’t seem to feature very highly for many companies or employees.

Apart from the above, another major factor may be that you’re just unhappy in life, you’re facing a challenging personal situation in the present or the past, or you’re a worrier about the future – all of which can impact how you handle your everyday life.

Shifting to a happier state

Some of the above is probably out of your control, which can be extremely uncomfortable – to feel that you’re not in charge of your destiny. However, with some small shifts in your mindset you can start to make improvements to your wellbeing in the workplace and change how you perceive your life.

“Research has shown that happiness is a cause of success: happier people receive more positive reviews, are more productive, creative, earn higher incomes, and are less likely to burn out or be absent from work. Happier people are also more likely to get and keep jobs.” – Dr Sonja Lyubomirsky, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Vice-Chair, University of California, Riverside

So, what can we do about it? Unfortunately, I can’t wave a magic wand and sort your job out for you, but I do have some lifestyle suggestions to help you manage how you’re feeling.

5 tips to improve your wellbeing in the workplace

1. Talk to a colleague

Sometimes all it takes to shift a bad mood is to talk (or vent) to a colleague who may be able to see things from another perspective and make positive suggestions. Why not go for a coffee and have a chat? “A problem shared is a problem halved,” so the saying goes.

2. Talk to your manager or boss

If the issues are serious, please don’t suffer in silence. Talk the issues over and come up with a plan of action, whether that be to develop your role, gain more skills or seek professional help.

3. Switch your perspective

It can be hard to stay positive when you feel like you’re biding your time in a job you don’t like. Viewing each day as an endurance test can feel extremely negative. So, why not see each day as an opportunity to refine your skills and conquer new challenges, which may bring about a new path within your existing company or beyond. Remember: every day is valuable and a gift.

4. Do your best

It’s easy to lose motivation and feel like you can’t be bothered to do that bit extra when you feel unhappy in your job. All this leads to a greater feeling of discontentment. Try to continue to perform to the best of your ability so that when you go home you feel good about the work you’ve done, even if the job isn’t giving you satisfaction.

5. Look after yourself

When your morale is low at work, it’s easy to let this filter through to your home life and let healthy habits fall by the wayside. Whilst you may not feel like being super motivated, keeping a few small things in place that feel manageable can be really beneficial. Try to eat mostly healthily, take a break from your desk, maybe go to a fitness or yoga class to reduce stress, take a walk outside or even just sit for a few minutes somewhere quiet and breathe deeply.

Taking ownership of your own wellbeing in the workplace can feel really empowering and can start to have a cumulative effect in all areas of your life. If you’re struggling to sleep at night because of your work, and you’re on the Isle of Man, consider attending one of our Sleep is Magic courses.

Wellness at work events

More and more companies are starting to take the health and wellbeing of their staff more seriously. Many companies are looking at ways to improve wellbeing in the workplace by incorporating wellness weeks into their calendars to help look after their employees.

“Happiness inspires productivity” – Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage

If you have someone in your company who’s able to coordinate a wellness event, incorporating yoga stretches, relaxation or even a sleep coaching session, you might like to direct them to our Workplace Wellbeing page for more information.

We’ve worked with many local companies here on the Isle of Man, both at the studio and in their workplace. We even offer Boardroom Yoga if there’s limited space for yoga mats.

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