According to Gallup, employees with high wellbeing have 41 percent lower health-related costs compared with employees who have lower wellbeing.
Rosalie Moscoe, a registered nutritional consultant practitioner and author of “Hurried Frazzled Woman! Your Stress Relief Guide to Thriving… Not Merely Surviving.” (Mint Publishing, 2012), and Cary Cooper, co-author of “Well-being: Productivity and Happiness at Work” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) and a professor of organizational psychology and health at Lancaster University Management School in the United Kingdom, offer tips on how to cut down stress in the workplace.
“Eat breakfast,” Moscoe says. “If you only have coffee and then pick up something like a muffin on your way in, your head will be on your desk by 10:30 a.m.”
She also says no to wait more than five hours between eating, and to focus on healthier fare, like whole grains, fruits and vegetables, to sustain energy throughout the day.
Don’t send emails to colleagues in the same building. Get up and walk to see them, Cooper says. “In the UK, some companies outlaw intranet emails in same building,” he says.
Don’t sit at your desk all day. Go with a colleague out for lunch.
Figure out a flexible schedule or work from home
If you’re in a position to work remotely from home, do it. Moscoe adds that staying at home can cut down on the stress of commuting.
Even a short, brisk walk is a great stress reliever.
Work hard, Cooper says, but don’t work consistently long hours. A couple of days of week of getting in early or leaving late won’t hurt, but don’t do it all the time.
Making plans for after work is a great way to leave on time. Have a date night, go out with friends or go see a movie.
Employees who spread rumors about competition might benefit in the short term, it will eventually come back to bite them. “Try to treat people like you’d like to be treated,” Cooper says.
Meetings cause a lot of stress, Cooper says, because workers worry about all the work they have to do once adjourned. If you’re ever in charge of scheduling a meeting, Cooper says to do it around 11 a.m. That way, he says, you’ll keep it shorter so everyone can break for lunch afterward.
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