Occupational Wellbeing

Must-Have Skills 2023: Navigating Work, Life, and Beyond

January 15, 2023
The Wellness Tribe Team

As we enter a new year, it's time to sharpen our tools and prepare ourselves for the opportunities and challenges ahead. In this article, we'll be taking a closer look at the top skills expected to be in high demand in 2023 in the context of work, life, and more.

We'll offer tips and tricks on developing and showcasing these skills to potential employers so that you can be ready to take on the future confidently. So it's time to put on our thinking caps and get ready to level up our skillset to be prepared for the opportunities that 2023 has in store for us. 

So, let's gear up for the new year and discover the skills that will take us to new heights!

Career Progression

Career Progression
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The job market is an ever-changing landscape, and as we step into 2023, it's essential to stay ahead of the curve regarding high-demand skills. From the digital wizardry that's sought after in almost every industry to the data analysis skills that allow companies to make informed decisions, having the right skills can make all the difference in your career.

Let's start with digital literacy, the magic spell that can open many doors in today's digital age. It's a must-have skill that can take you places. Data analysis, meanwhile, is like a crystal ball that allows companies to see into the future and make informed decisions. And project management is the conductor's baton that helps companies to manage resources and meet deadlines effectively.

The question is, how do you acquire these skills and showcase them to prospective employers? You can take relevant courses or earn certifications to demonstrate your knowledge and proficiency. You can also take on projects that allow you to apply these skills in a real-world setting and include them in your resume or portfolio. Finally, just like a secret handshake, networking is a great way to showcase your skills and make connections in your industry.

Balancing Life's Equation

From emotional intelligence to time management, having a well-rounded set of life-related skills is like having a map and compass to chart your course through the swift currents of daily life.

Emotional intelligence, for example, is like a lighthouse that guides us through the storms of life, helping us to understand and manage our own emotions as well as the emotions of others. Time management, on the other hand, is like a clock that helps us make the most of our days and allows us to prioritize the things that are truly important to us. And effective communication is like a megaphone that amplifies our voice and enables us to express ourselves and connect with others.

To begin, practice mindfulness and reflect on your emotions and thoughts. Reading books and taking courses on emotional intelligence, time management, and effective communication can also be helpful. Setting goals, creating a schedule, and prioritizing our tasks can also help us improve our time management skills.

Unleashing Creativity

Must-Have Skills 2023: Navigating Work, Life, and Beyond
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In 2023, some of the top skills expected to be in high demand include design thinking, problem-solving, and innovation. Design thinking is a creative problem-solving process involving understanding the user, challenging assumptions, and prototyping solutions. This skill is highly valued in today's business world as it allows companies to create products and services that uniquely and innovatively meet their customers' needs.

Problem-solving is another skill that is essential in today's fast-paced world. It involves identifying and analyzing problems and coming up with practical solutions. This skill is beneficial not only for finding solutions in the workplace but also in our personal life.

Innovation is the ability to come up with new and unique ideas. It is a vital skill in today's business environment as it allows companies to stay competitive and stay ahead of the curve.

To develop and showcase these skills to potential employers, it's important to actively seek out opportunities to practice them. This can include taking on projects at work that require design thinking, problem-solving, or innovation or seeking out additional education or training in these areas. One way to do this is through a corporate wellness program. Additionally, it's important to be able to communicate your skills effectively in job interviews and on your resume or CV.

The future is not set. There is no fate but what we make for ourselves." - John Connor, Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Rising to the Top

As we look to the horizon, the future of work and life seems to be in a state of constant flux. But one thing remains certain: the skills needed to thrive in this ever-evolving landscape are constantly evolving as well. In 2023, some of the most sought-after skills include creativity-related skills, technology expertise, and soft skills.

But don't forget about soft skills! Communication, teamwork, and adaptability are becoming increasingly important in today's world. Practice active listening, be open to feedback, and work on your communication skills.

In conclusion, the future is yours to shape. With the right skills and a willingness to learn and adapt, you can rise to the top in the rapidly changing world of 2023 and beyond. So don't wait; start investing in yourself today and watch as you reach new heights in your career and personal life.

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.

Productivity

How to Maximize Your Efficiency While Working From Home

October 12, 2022
The Wellness Tribe

It can be challenging for many of us to work remotely or in the office when productivity drops, and with it come new obstacles in the workplace. In the face of distractions, interruptions, and the constant need to maintain an adaptable mentality, it may be challenging to manage, pursue, and commit to new strategies to increase job performance.

Regardless of where you are in your career or how you got there, growing yourself professionally should be an ongoing exercise that challenges and inspires you.

Putting it off is a bad idea until your manager brings it up in your performance review. By following these strategies, you can elevate your professional game and become your most productive self, in addition to improving your health and wellbeing at workplace.

Why Remote Work Is a Good Idea

Why Remote Work Is a Good Idea
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There is a preferred work environment for everyone. Some prefer complete solitude, while others need the hustle of a coffee shop to stay focused. But, no matter our individual preferences, none of us enjoy working with noisy colleagues.

Here are some statistics to consider: 

  • There is a 61 percent belief that noisy coworkers are the most distracting factor at work; 
  • To maximize efficiency, 86% prefer working alone; and 
  • There is a 40% perception that spontaneous meetings are a huge distraction in the workplace.

The good thing about working remotely is you don't have to deal with all these distractions. Although it may sound harsh, the best advice is to solve your own problems. Do not ask questions that Google cannot answer. Don't put yourself in a position where you need to be micromanaged.

The Pomodoro Method

Working nonstop for a long time starts to fry your brain. On the other hand, experts claim that working in 90-minute increments increases productivity.

There is a limit to how long the human mind can work before it has to rest, which is 90 to 120 minutes in reality. So give yourself a break after 90 minutes and focus entirely on the most critical item on your priority list.

You may want to explore the Pomodoro Technique if you aren't satisfied with recurring 90-minute work periods. Focus on one assignment for 25 minutes. Then, take five minutes to rest. Make three more repetitions of this method.

In case your workplace has an employee wellbeing program, chances are you've already introduced the Pomodoro method. If not, consider doing so in the future. 

How to Overcome Procrastination

‍How to Overcome Procrastination
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Typical workers spend 2 hours a day procrastinating. A typical individual takes 23 minutes to regain focus after being sidetracked. Sound familiar, doesn't it?

Some of the distractions we enjoy are keeping an eye on Twitter, reading the news, organizing our inboxes, and cleaning our desks. A frightening aspect of our behavior is that we are quite adept at convincing ourselves that such distractions are part of our job description. With the increasing size and importance of assignments, most people are becoming more prone to procrastinating.

However, we should not let ourselves be fooled: when we delay, we focus on the worst aspects of our endeavor, which makes the task seem even bigger. Rather, follow our favorite advertising campaign: Simply do it and consider your priorities list.

Don't let email be your afternoon escape, even if you avoided it in the morning. Individuals check their email 36 times per hour on average. This amounts to 13 hours spent reading, deleting, sorting, and sending weekly emails. You don't have to respond to an incoming email immediately. Keep a regular schedule of checking your email throughout the day instead of rushing.

Creative Exhaustion

Creativity is a crucial trait of a successful employee, whether you spend your days creating art in Illustrator or crunching figures in Excel. But how can you stop an afternoon brain cramp when creative thoughts appear out of reach? 

Keep your research time limited so that you can overcome procrastination. Getting lost in a sea of GIFs and further away from your starting point can be an easy trap. So to jumpstart your momentum and prevent afternoon headaches, turn your gaze away from your device.

On average, people spend 7.4 hours per day in front of a computer screen. Taking a diary into a brainstorming session will prevent dry eyes. Consider drawing a flowchart or doodling to get a better sense of the scale of your project. 

Finally, use your downtime to brainstorm. There is no denying the fact that many of our best ideas come while driving or taking a shower, so it is important to be able to leave work at work.

Mastering the Art of Working Remotely

In recent years, remote labor has been on the rise. But, in addition to its apparent advantages, working remotely also has its disadvantages. The benefits are a 30-second commute, greater flexibility, and more control over your surroundings.

Remote work can be difficult to separate professional and family lives without physically separating them.

Additionally, you may find it difficult to focus while roommates, children, and spouses are in the background. 

Establish a Home Office or Desk

If you feel like working from your bed or sofa, we recommend doing so for a change of scenery. Working from home, however, requires consistency. Establish your main workstation at the kitchen table or at a desk during the day.

It will help you associate that location with efficiency, productivity, and work. In addition, you get bonus points if you equip the site with dual monitors, a charging station, and anything else you need to get the job done.

Prepare Yourself for a Lot of Communication

Working remotely makes your team members and management less likely to become entangled in unexpected verbal brainstorming sessions. Consider checking in with them more often than usual. Communicate your objectives and initiatives to your team or collaborators.

Get your coworkers together for a coffee chat or remote Zoom meeting. Be sure to clarify any unclear details in emails or virtual meetings. Despite being away from your workplace, don't let yourself go unnoticed.

Setting Your Logoff Time

There are many challenges associated with working from home. For example, some days, you'll want to log out at 3, while on other days, you'll want to work until 8 p.m. Having the freedom to work from home is excellent, but don't let it compromise your well-being. 

By setting a logoff time, you’ll be able to stay productive until the end of the day, and you’ll know exactly when it’s time to watch TV, cook dinner, or go for a walk with your spouse.

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