23.01.2020

6 workplace wellbeing trends to embrace in 2020

Kate Bishop Coaching Business Management

6 workplace wellbeing trends to embrace in 2020

Wellness at work has exploded over the last few years, with employers finally getting the message that happy, confident and healthy employees are productive ones. They are also far less likely to want to hide under the duvet once the workload starts to stack up.
 
With so many new wellness programmes and strategies popping up seemingly every week, I’ve been taking a look at six of the best to give you a little inspiration for change in 2020. These are all wellness trends that are gaining popularity and can serve to protect your most precious resource from the threat of business burnout.
 
 
1. Outsourced Yoga
Yoga has long been regarded as one of the best ways of encouraging both mindfulness and gentle exercise. Now, many larger organisations are turning to yoga teaching to help staff learn the skills and techniques necessary to let pent up stress and anxiety go either before or after work.
With plenty of trained yoga instructors operating in the UK, finding an instructor is relatively straight forward, and you might be surprised at how many employees will be willing to get up a little earlier in the morning or stay after the working day is done to give it a try.
 
2. Flexible working hours
With our busy lives often meaning that juggling all of the responsibilities of work and family life is more than a little stressful, more and more employees are asking for flexibility when it comes to working hours in order to strike a better balance.
From later starts for those who need to arrange childcare to split shifts, a change in hours may not seem like your typical wellness strategy. However, those that are finding it difficult to manage their workload and family life or other commitments such as studying often report that flexibility at work helps them to create a more manageable routine and significantly reduces stress levels.
 
3. Team activities
In those organisations where employees aren’t required to work together to achieve their objectives, you will often find that many staff members feel completely disconnected from their colleagues. Aside from the odd hello and occasional chat by the kettle, many staff have no idea of the challenges that their counterparts face.
Team building activities are still common and can be very successful, but instead of rock climbing or building towers out of paper, activities that allow participants to open up about themselves, get to know others working in the same job on a more personal level and bond through shared experiences are becoming more and more popular.

4. Gym discounts

One of the more coveted perks of any employment contract, gym memberships and discounts top the list of most desired benefits for employees.

Great for tackling stress and keeping staff fit and healthy, exercise is a wonderful starting point for overall wellness, so the ability to partner with a local gym to offer corporate membership rates is something that many forward-thinking businesses are set to take advantage of this year.

5. Limiting office hours

Statistically, almost 20% of all UK workers spend their free time at work doing unpaid overtime. With ever-increasing workloads, more and more staff feel obliged to stay behind after hours to complete essential tasks, but although this can boost overall productivity in the short term, it can also come with the risk of business burnout.

To stop staff working themselves to the point of exhaustion, some offices have started to limit their opening hours, meaning staff are unable to stay beyond a certain time – regardless of whether they want to or not. With the doors locked and bolted at the same time each evening, this encourages staff to make better use of the time they have available before the close of business and stops more conscientious employees working to the point they become unwell.

A twist on this is also being tested around the world, with recent media reports confirming that businesses as far afield as Scotland and Australia are reaping the productivity benefits of a four day working week. Finland’s new PM is also said to be interested in debating this new method of working.

6. Wellness workshops

Giving employees the tools to use stress as a driving force along with handing them new ways to be more confident at work are the cornerstones of my wellness workshops, and the first few weeks of 2020 have seen a record number of enquiries for group sessions.

Teaching teams the skills they need to be the best that they can be and how to overcome challenges that occur both in and outside of work not only reduces staff absences. It also empowers employees to take greater control and become their most productive selves.

Working either with groups of up to 15 people or 1-to-1, the results enjoyed by previous clients include happier, more productive staff and far fewer sick days, which are a testament to the power of workplace wellness programmes.

To find out a little more about my wellness and stress management programmes, get in touch today on 07753 397143 or email coach@kate-bishop.co.uk

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