While your colleagues are at the beach you’ve already planned the October board meeting and booked space for your December holiday party. Keeping on top of your daily tasks and big projects can be stressful, but as paradoxical as it sounds, scheduling time, as well as creating office spaces and policies that help you unwind can keep you more focused and productive.
As the Managing Editor of All Hands, a publication about life at work from Managed by Q, I’ve had the chance to talk with office professionals about how they create calm, welcoming work environments that counteract the stress of the daily grind. Here are a few ideas:
Try out a workplace meditation or mindfulness program
Mindfulness training and meditation are becoming an increasingly popular offering in workplace wellness programs. While it might seem counter productive that sitting in quiet focus promotes productivity, Janice Marturano, who founded the mindfulness program at General Mills, told The Financial Times that workplace meditation is about, “training our minds to be more focused, to see with clarity, to have spaciousness for creativity, and to feel connected.” In addition to these qualities, which are important for any successful team, regular meditation is shown to reduce anxiety, improve cognitive functioning, and mental health.
Up the office greenery
Bring your pet to work
Take a vacation
It seems too obvious to even suggest, but despite all of our efforts to de-stress day-to-day, nothing beats taking a vacation. Taking time off positively impacts performance, morale, wellness, culture, productivity and retention. Many professionals also credit vacation for inspiring creativity. Despite this, in 2014 Glassdoor reported only a quarter of employees actually take all of their eligible days off. A whopping 40 percent take just 25 percent or less. It may seem hard to get away, but work with your team to delegate your responsibilities (or hire temporary help) while you are out of the office. You’ll come back refreshed and ready to tackle your day-to-day work and big projects and both you, and your company will benefit.
Now draw a deep breath, exhale, and take a pause.
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