THE TOP 10 HEALTH & ENERGY CHALLENGES IN ORGANISATIONS 2016
The volume of work, work pressure, tight deadlines, as well as challenges inside and outside of work, including the challenges described below are some of the common factors that are putting a strain on our mental health. Progressive and proactive organisations support both the mental and physical health of employees; strong mental health improves resilience to pressure, productivity, creativity, positive relationships, decision-making and organisational energy.
OVERSTIMULATED NERVOUS SYSTEM FROM TOO MUCH TECHNOLOGY
The sheer volume of technology we’re exposed to on a daily basis contributes to poor health and low energy. Technology is very stimulating for the nervous system, which leads to low energy, mental fatigue and challenges achieving quality sleep.
Team dynamics have a huge impact on productivity, as well as employee health energy and happiness. Positive team dynamics supports teams to perform better, impacts employee retention and increases resilience during challenging times.
Managing a big workload with tight deadlines may leave employees struggling to cope. Working demands are consistently cited as one of the biggest factors affecting an individual’s health, energy and resilience. It is key to both support employees with smart working strategies and ensure their work is challenging, yet not so overwhelming that they start to suffer.
Work-life balance is vital for health, energy and productivity. This is not always achieved if employees are regularly working long hours and not switching off from work during evenings, weekends and holidays. Spending quality time with family, friends and hobbies are important activities for long-term health and energy.
The office worker’s lifestyle is often very sedentary with many jobs involving long periods of sitting or standing. This lack of movement in our lives has far-reaching consequences on both our physical and mental health, energy and resilience.
EATING AND DRINKING HABITS
What we eat and drink directly affects our physical and psychological health, in turn governing energy and resilience. Today’s diets often have an over reliance on processed convenience foods, which are high in sugar and are nutritionally poor. Excessive caffeine consumption and regular alcohol intake also impacts the quality of sleep, as well as many other areas of health.
TECH NECK AND BACK PROBLEMS
Our bodies are a product of what we do on a daily basis and spending hours a day sitting still in front of your computer or laptop and/or looking down at your mobile phone or tablet leads to neck, back and shoulder tension.
Multi-tasking may seem a good way to achieve more in less time but in reality swapping between tasks, in particular jumping in and out of email, reduces productivity and drains energy. Practicing mindfulness at work (i.e. to do one thing at a time with all of your focus) is a proven approach to improve productivity and decision-making and positively impact health and energy.
The working environment has a significant impact on staff morale and energy levels. Busy, cramped and often noisy workplaces make it hard to focus. Artificial lighting, active electrical equipment such as computers and printers, and a lack of natural light and fresh air can also make the workplace a very challenging environment in which to maintain health and energy.
These 10 challenges are set to continue in 2017. Taking a proactive approach to these factors, means you are supporting your employees to achieve both mental and physical health, energy and resilience.
This in turn drives performance and employee retention, whilst helping to keep employee absence to a minimum.
Oliver Gray - Founder