IMPORTANT HEALTH AND ENERGY TOPICS FOR 2017
Developing a more strategic health and energy programme is a proven long-term approach to attract and retain top talent, increase productivity and overall business performance.
The key to a successful programme is to engage leaders and teams by making the programme initiatives and topics focused to the key challenges faced by leaders and employees.
The following topics are becoming key in creating a strong health and energy programme:
MENTAL HEALTH & POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
Many organisations now recognise how the mental and physical health of their employees impacts on several work related factors including performance, productivity, and resilience to pressure, creativity, absence, engagement and retention.
At times, there is stigma attached to mental health issues. However, forward thinking and successful companies are now increasingly committed to supporting people to achieve strong resilience and positive mental health.
Key ingredients for a mind health programme include topics such as creating mental resilience to pressure, how to practise positive psychology, smart working strategies, taking breaks from technology use, how to achieve quality sleep, optimum nutrition for the mind, the impact of movement on the mind and much more.
MINDFULNESS & MEDITATION
Research shows that practising mindfulness and meditation is one of the most effective ways to cultivate happiness, positive mental health, while improving sleep, performance and resilience.
Encouraging mindfulness in the workplace, and coaching individual’s to develop a daily meditation practice, helps organisations to become more conscious, positive and high performing. This in turn benefits all involved.
SMART WORKING STRATEGIES
An increasing number of employees feel that they juggle too many work demands with tight deadlines. To add to this, the modern way of living is taking them in the wrong direction for their health and energy.
Smart working practices are an increasingly popular element of a successful programme. Coaching employees on these positive strategies helps employees to improve their productivity whilst reducing stress and improving work-life balance; all of which are essential for employees to thrive.
THRIVING IN TIMES OF CHANGE
Change can trigger the fear response in the brain and body, which in turn can affect decision-making and impact on an employee’s ability to take action and perform at their best.
Successful programmes include coaching employees on strategies to support them to not only manage change more effortlessly but also to thrive in times of change. These strategies include taking control, focusing on your circle of influence, creating a positive, optimistic mind set, improving resilience, acceptance and flexibility.
CREATING HIGH ENERGY TEAMS
Positive and high energy teams perform better, are more creative and are more resilient during tough times. Positive energy is motivating, it fuels a positive team culture and individual/team success, as well as attracting like-minded people.
Tailoring a part of the organisation’s health and energy programme for leaders and managers, covering topics such as creating strength based teams with a shared vision, emotional intelligence for leaders, managing team dynamics and conflict resolution, breeding positivity, resilience and energy, will help employees, teams and the organisation to thrive.
SMART TECHNOLOGY USE
Our reliance on technology continues to increase in and out of the workplace. However, overuse of technology can be very over-stimulating for the mind and nervous system, which in turn leads to poor sleep, lack of movement and mental fatigue.
Smart technology use, such as regular technology breaks and reducing technology use in the evenings, can bring about big improvements in sleep, energy, and mental health.
HEALTHY SLEEP PRACTICES
The combination of high work demands, increase in stress levels, high amounts of technology use and the sheer pace of life is leading to poor sleep quality. Good quality and quantity of sleep is vital for mental and physical health and energy. Sleep for high energy and resilience is an increasingly popular topic for organisations.
Tailoring a successful health and energy programme including the topics outlined above, as well as incorporating other aspects that impact on your people being the best they can be, such as optimum nutrition, exercise, ergonomics, back care, minimalism, goal setting and open honest and engaging leadership, will all help to create an energised, engaged and high performing workforce.
Dr Elisabeth Philipps