Personal Wellbeing

Embracing Wellness Habits That Will Last for a Lifetime

January 9, 2023
The Wellness Tribe Team

We all know the feeling of wanting to break free from the habits that keep us stuck - whether it's biting our nails, procrastinating, smoking, or overeating. These habits can be incredibly hard to break; they become ingrained in our daily routines and can even be triggered by certain emotions or situations. But there's hope! 

In this article, we will take a deep dive into the world of bad habits and discover practical strategies for identifying and overcoming them. We'll also share some tips and tricks for maintaining positive change in the long term, so you can finally say goodbye to those pesky bad habits once and for all!

Knowing Is Half the Battle.

Knowing Is Half the Battle.
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In order to defeat the enemy, you must first know its name. And when it comes to bad habits, the first step to victory is identifying which ones are holding you back. So, grab a pen and paper and list all the common bad habits you suspect might be causing you harm. From procrastination to nail biting, oversleeping to overeating, smoking to excessive screen time, jot down everything that comes to mind.

Once you have your list, take a moment to reflect on which habits are causing the most damage. It could be something that's taking a toll on your physical or mental health or causing problems in your relationships or at work. But remember, it's not just about the habit that causes the most harm; it's also about the one that you feel most motivated to change. It's time to pick your battles wisely; change is a process, and starting small is ok. Take one habit at a time and focus on conquering it before moving on to the next one.

By identifying your bad habits, you're already taking the first step towards breaking free from them. You know the enemy; now it's time to wage war and claim victory over them!

Digging Deep to Uncover the Roots

To break free from bad habits, you must go beyond the surface level and uncover the deeper reasons behind them. Why do you bite your nails? Why do you procrastinate? Why do you overeat? These reasons vary from person to person and can stem from anything from stress, boredom, lack of self-control, or even past traumas.

Think of it like digging for treasure; the deeper you dig, the more valuable the treasure. By delving deeper into the root causes of your habits, you'll unearth valuable insights that will help you make lasting changes. For instance, if you find that you overeat as a way to cope with stress, you'll be better equipped to find healthier ways to manage stress. Or if you procrastinate when you're bored, you'll be better equipped to find activities that will keep you engaged and motivated.

Aiming for the Stars (Realistically)

Aiming for the Stars (Realistically)
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Setting specific and achievable goals is crucial in keeping you motivated and on track when trying to give up a bad habit. It's important to remember that change is a process, and starting small is okay. Setting goals that are too ambitious can be discouraging, but setting goals that are too easy can be demotivating as well.

To set specific and achievable goals, it's helpful to use the SMART criteria. This means making sure your goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-based. For example, instead of setting a general goal like "I want to stop smoking," a SMART goal would be "I will quit smoking by the end of the month by using nicotine replacement therapy and attending a support group.

It's important to remember that change is a process, and it's ok to make mistakes and slip up. But by setting specific and achievable goals, having a clear plan in place, and seeking support when needed, you'll be better equipped to overcome your bad habits and make positive changes in your life.

You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of." - Jim Rohn.

Celebrating Your Wins and Continuing on the Path to Success

We've reached the end of our journey together, and what a journey it's been! We've delved into the world of bad habits, unearthing the reasons behind them and discovering practical strategies to overcome them. From identifying and understanding the causes of your bad habits to setting specific and achievable goals, we've covered it all.

But remember, change is a marathon, not a sprint. You may stumble and fall, but it's important to pick yourself up and keep moving forward. And don't forget to celebrate every small victory; it's a reminder that you're on the right path. And when you do face setbacks, don't let them discourage you; it's all part of the process.

Seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness. You don't have to go through this alone, and it's ok to ask for support from friends, family, or professionals. And remember, progress, not perfection, is the ultimate goal.

So, raise a glass and toast to your triumphs and progress, for you have the strength and determination to overcome your bad habits. Cheers to you and your journey!

Emotional Wellbeing

How to Deal with Burnout: A Guide for Team Leaders

September 25, 2022
The Wellness Tribe

Many employees feel the shift to remote work has been a welcome change from the in-office routine despite the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19. In contrast, for others, the disadvantages of remote work became apparent as weeks turned into months and months into a year.

If you have access to the internet 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and don't need to commute, separating work and personal life can be challenging. Late night work and weekend work become more common. Our survey found that 77% of employees have experienced burnout. If staffing levels are cut, workloads increase and burnout quickly become a reality.

The good news is that it is preventable. Employee engagement through an employee wellness program is one important component. Employees that are engaged are happier and more productive. Greater resiliency benefits the organisation as well. However, effective tools and consistent efforts are required to keep staff engaged, reduce burnout, and guarantee that everyone is working toward the same goals.

Here are six strategies to help employees avoid burnout, increase employee engagement, and build resiliency.

Facilitate Better Communication

Facilitate Better Communication
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It is necessary to communicate with your employees to understand their perspectives, difficulties, and perceptions of the organisation and management. Assessments should not be restricted to once a year. More frequency and consistency are crucial in mixed work environments, where employees may feel like they are working in a vacuum. Employees should be able to communicate through all channels available to avoid mental health issues that may arise from isolation.

Small chat groups and meet-ups like virtual lunchrooms and happy hours, as well as one-on-one meetings centred on progress and goals, are all examples of communication touchstones. You can create connections through them, unwind, reduce loneliness, and spot other people who are struggling. But, again, this could help you intervene before things get worse.

"Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence." - Sheryl Sandberg

Allow Employees to Take Time Off.

In many organisations, downtime must be considered to meet demand. Although the redistribution of work may be complex, downtime cannot be ignored. Provide employees with the option of taking breaks, personal days, or vacations when necessary.

Your company's typical working hours should be clearly communicated to employees. In addition, they should be encouraged to turn off their phones and laptops when they are not working. Recognising that they have the right to separate work and personal life will encourage employees to do so. In order to motivate employees to do these things, you might want to introduce some employee wellness initiatives. 

Even short breaks throughout the day can help improve their mood and productivity. Make it clear to your team members that they should not check their emails while on vacation. Find someone to cover their position if it is essential. Upon their return, they will be well-rested and ready to work.

Make Collaboration Easier by Investing in Tools.

Make Collaboration Easier by Investing in Tools.
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Retention requires high levels of engagement and communication. Employees don't quit their jobs because they're awful. They leave lousy managers behind them. Organisational goals are more likely to be achieved by employees who clearly understand their responsibilities and are supported in fulfilling them.

Using employee engagement and performance management technology can help to boost productivity, knowledge sharing, and cooperation. Engagement will close the gap by providing coaching and feedback to both in-office and remote employees, connecting individual and team objectives to the organisation's strategic priorities.

Concentrate on the “Why”

Burnout is typically caused by a gap between a person's values and tasks. Although you are worried and exhausted, you continue to work, forgetting the reasons you joined the company or job in the first place. There is a risk of harm from it. 

Creating a shared sense of why is a task for any leader must determine why we are motivated to complete the goal. As a leader, it is your responsibility to energise your team. Remember the purpose and why it is crucial for the business and your customers. People are more likely to be satisfied with their jobs if they share common beliefs and connections.

Commit to Mental Health and Empathy

There is increasing recognition that mental health is vital for individuals, groups, and society. Moreover, those their leaders support through empathy are more likely, to be honest and accurate. 

When companies build stronger relationships with their employees, employees report it improved mental and physical health by 23% and 17%, respectively. Companies that provide holistic support to their employees report an increase of 21% in high performers. Additionally, employees feel heard and validated, resulting in a more productive work environment and a happier mind body soul.

Prioritise Your Own Health.

Before you can help your team members manage their stress, you must work on your own. Consider how you can help your employees get what they need instead of hunkering down and focusing" on your task.  

The best start is by taking care of your physical and emotional health first; you need to take care of yourself. Get enough sleep at night, eat healthfully, exercise regularly, meditate, and find another person to vent to who isn't "your boss.". Taking care of oneself is more than a luxury; it is a necessity.

Occupational Wellbeing

Surviving the Rough Days: A Guide for HR Professionals

April 27, 2023
The Wellness Tribe Team

Imagine this: It's a Monday morning, and as an HR professional, you're about to kick off your day with back-to-back meetings. You have a long list of tasks to complete, and the pressure is already building. Suddenly, your phone rings and an employee informs you that they're having a terrible day at work. Maybe their workload is overwhelming, or they're struggling with a colleague. Whatever the reason, they need your help.

As an HR professional, it's your job to not only help employees navigate tough situations but also to ensure that the workplace fosters employee well-being. In this article, we'll explore how to deal with a bad day at work from an HR perspective. 

So, buckle up, and get ready to learn how to turn those lemons into lemonade!

The Tell-Tale Signs

As an HR professional, one of your key roles is to support your employees. And, as much as we'd love it if every day were sunshine and rainbows, we know that bad days happen. But how can you tell when an employee is having a rough time? Here are a few signs to watch out for:

  • Decreased productivity: If an employee who's usually on top of things is suddenly falling behind, it might be a sign that something's up.
  • Mood changes: If an employee is usually friendly and approachable but is suddenly snappy or short with colleagues, it might be a sign that they're having a tough day.
  • Physical symptoms: Headaches, fatigue, and stomach issues can all be signs of stress or anxiety.
  • Withdrawal: If an employee who's usually social and engaged with their colleagues is suddenly keeping to themselves, it might be a sign that something's wrong.

Remember, these signs don't necessarily mean that an employee is having a terrible day, but they're worth paying attention to. If you notice any of these signs, take the time to check in with the employee and see how they're doing.

Exploring the Root Causes

So, you've identified that an employee is having a bad day at work. But what's causing it? As an HR professional, it's important to understand the root causes of employee dissatisfaction so that you can help address them. Here are a few common causes of bad days at work:

  • Heavy workload: If an employee is feeling overwhelmed or like they're drowning in their work, it can lead to stress and burnout.
  • Interpersonal conflicts: If an employee is having issues with a colleague or manager, it can make for a tense and uncomfortable work environment.
  • Personal issues: If an employee is going through a tough time outside of work, it can spill over into their workday and make it difficult for them to focus.
  • Lack of support: If an employee feels like they don't have the resources or support they need to do their job well, it can be demotivating and frustrating.

By understanding these root causes, you can work with employees to help address them. Whether it's through additional resources to help them deal with burnout, conflict resolution, or simply offering a listening ear, as an HR professional, you have the power to make a positive impact on employee well-being.

Steps to Deal with a Bad Day at Work

So, you've identified the signs of a bad day and understand the root causes. What's next? 

Here are a few steps employees can take to deal with a bad day at work.:

  • Take a break: Sometimes, stepping away from your work and taking a few deep breaths can do wonders for your mental state.
  • Talk it out: Whether it's with a colleague, a friend, or an HR representative, sometimes talking about what's bothering you can help you process your emotions.
  • Focus on the positive: When things aren't going well, it can be easy to get bogged down in negativity. Instead, try to focus on the things that are going well and find reasons to be grateful.
  • Practice self-care: Whether it's going for a walk, taking a bath, or treating yourself to your favorite snack, practicing self-care can help you feel more centered and grounded.

As an HR professional, you can support employees by providing resources and guidance on embracing resilience at work. Whether through an employee assistance program, mental health resources, or simply offering a sympathetic ear, you can help employees bounce back after a tough day.

Remember, resilience is a skill that can be developed over time. By encouraging employees to take care of themselves and offering support when they need it, you can help them build the resilience they need to thrive in the workplace.

Prevention is Key

While dealing with bad days is important, preventing them in the first place is even better. As an HR professional, you have the power to create a work environment that fosters employee well-being and reduces the likelihood of bad days. Here are a few ways to proactively prevent bad days at work:

  • Build a positive work culture: By encouraging positive communication, recognition, and collaboration, you can create a work environment where employees feel valued and supported.
  • Provide opportunities for growth: Employees who feel like they're constantly learning and growing are more likely to be engaged and motivated at work.
  • Offer flexible work arrangements: Whether it's remote work or flexible hours, giving employees more control over their work schedule can reduce stress and improve work-life balance.
  • Address issues promptly: When conflicts or issues arise, address them promptly and with empathy. Taking a proactive approach to conflict resolution can prevent issues from escalating and creating a negative work environment.

Taking a proactive approach to employee well-being can create a workplace where employees feel valued, supported, and motivated. Not only does this lead to happier employees, but it can also lead to increased productivity and employee retention. 

As an HR professional, you have the power to create a workplace that not only prevents bad days but also fosters employee happiness and success.

Together, We Can Make Every Day a Good Day at Work

Dealing with bad days at work can be a challenging task, but by recognizing the signs, understanding the root causes, and taking practical steps to prevent them, you can create a positive work environment where employees feel valued and supported. 

At The Wellness Tribe, we understand the importance of employee well-being and offer a range of corporate wellness solutions to help organizations create a healthy work environment. Our programs are designed to address physical, mental, and emotional health, with a focus on prevention and early intervention. 

We believe that by prioritizing employee well-being, organizations can achieve better business outcomes, including increased productivity, engagement, and retention.

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