Workplace Wellness Whisperer – Weekly Tips (Jan 17)

Hello Wellness Seeker,

Do you agree the pandemic brought about many changes and new ways of work & thinking?

Most organizations are starting to realize that in 2022, a well-designed workplace wellness strategy is the most crucial part in their business plan.

I invite you to read these eye-opening statistics:

  • 70{1e16acf445973e61fdbd53de1c132af7e84fd195cf15d57956db2b0426c8fa60} of employees enrolled in wellness programs have reported higher job satisfaction.
  • 56{1e16acf445973e61fdbd53de1c132af7e84fd195cf15d57956db2b0426c8fa60} of employees had fewer sick days because of wellness programs.
  • 63{1e16acf445973e61fdbd53de1c132af7e84fd195cf15d57956db2b0426c8fa60} of employers offering wellness programs reported increased financial sustainability & growth.
  • Companies with effective health & wellness plans are 40{1e16acf445973e61fdbd53de1c132af7e84fd195cf15d57956db2b0426c8fa60} more likely to report better financial performance.
  • For every dollar spent on wellness programs the company saves $5.82 in lower employee absenteeism costs.

As work and life is become increasingly intertwined with one another, managers are choosing to invest in online resources and holistic wellness solutions to ensure more workers can access behavioural healthcare.

Every week I share with you 5 practical workplace wellness tips that you can immediately implement & they will help you succeed holistically. Watch the videos on my YouTube channel here and remember to hit the SUBSCRIBE button, so you don’t miss any future videos.

TIP #1– 80/20 Rule for Productivity
In the workplace the 80-20 rule, also known as the Pareto Principle, is a motto which asserts that 80{1e16acf445973e61fdbd53de1c132af7e84fd195cf15d57956db2b0426c8fa60} of outcomes (or outputs) result from 20{1e16acf445973e61fdbd53de1c132af7e84fd195cf15d57956db2b0426c8fa60} of all causes (or inputs) for any given event.
In business, a goal of the 80-20 rule is to identify inputs that are potentially the most productive and make them the priority. Let me guide you on how you can apply this rule at your workplace.

(1) Make a list of the 10 things you spend the most time on.
(2) Circle the two that truly drive your results. Do more of those.
(3) Look at the others. Eliminate ruthlessly. Automate or outsource what you can. Press pause on the rest.
(4) Repeat the steps.

Tip #2- Learn to Say NO or NOT NOW! Set Boundaries

When you are asked to do something or help someone, if it’s not a HELL YES then it’s a NO! or a NOT NOW! Practice saying “No.” It may sound silly, but you can actually practice saying “No” alone. Try standing before a mirror and looking at yourself. Many people are nervous about saying “No” to their seniors at work and may say “Yes” due to anxiety. We are used to saying yes to please others but it can be harmful not to be more assertive.

Tip #3- Guided Loving Kindness Meditation

This type of meditation can help manage stress, improve sleep, reduce depression and anxiety, enhance self-awareness and social empathy, promote deep rest and healing, and increases immune function, working memory, focus and attention span. I hope you enjoy this guided meditation and evoke feelings of love and kindness towards yourself and others and help you experience deep and profound restoration.

Tip #4 – How to Reset Your Mindset for Better Problem Solving
Engage in self-improvement, unlearn what you know, if necessary, and re-program your subconscious mind. Ensuring your thoughts are conducive to helpful beliefs and those beliefs shape good habits, which allow you to live your dream life. Perhaps, it’s as simple as revising the due dates of some of your goals or projects, or revisiting the milestones, or maybe you need to redefine that goal. We often get stuck on the HOW we can address a challenge or a problem, but the answer might be WHO can help you solve the issue. Stepping away from the issue and getting a good night’s rest is also a great way to reset and come back to it with a fresh perspective. 

Tip #5 – Alternate Nostril Breathing For Anti-Anxiety & Calming Effects

This is how to practice alternate nostril breathing:
✔️Sit comfortably and cross your legs.
✔️Exhale completely and then use your thumb to close your right nostril.
✔️Inhale through your left nostril.
✔️Then close the left nostril with your ring finger.
✔️Open the right nostril and exhale through this side.
✔️Inhale through the right nostril and then close this nostril.
✔️Open the left nostril and exhale through the left side.

Basically, cover the same nostril after inhaling, and exhale through the other side. Repeat 5 to 20 rounds.

Get started with your workplace wellness strategy with my Workplace Wellness Calendar here.

Listen to this insightful podcast released this week with Paul Demeda on “How to Build Your Resilience for Better Mental Health” here.