While the standard “eight hours” of sleep rule has been debated by everyone from physicians to kids who don’t like their bedtimes, there is no question that a good night’s sleep positively impacts your life. When you are well rested, you are in a better mood, you are more likely to eat healthier and you are more productive.
Contributed by Abby Drexler
Without the distractions of illness, fatigue, and low mood, employees can do their best work. This, however, is not reality for many American employees who struggle with sleep and mood problems, get sick often, and are generally sluggish. While people do need to take responsibility for their own health, employee wellness programs can offer employees a nudge in the right direction.
Contributed by Ashley Andrews
A colleague of mine at our office told me about a breakthrough he had made years ago when he worked from home.
He used to procrastinate a lot during the work day. He’d say, “I’ll just watch the cricket on TV today, and catch up tomorrow”. Then, the next day, there would be another excuse.
Eventually, after a warning from his boss, he reined this in, and stopped procrastinating. Not surprisingly, he saw a corresponding rise in his productivity. This got him thinking about his productivity. Now that he was changing habits, he decided to try to become even more productive. He realized that the less he procrastinated, the more time he gained back and so he started working on better utilizing that time he was gaining.
In offices around the country are bottles of hand sanitizer on employee’s desks and signs reminding employees to wash their hands. Managers tell employees to stay home if they’re feeling under the weather and employees cautiously stay away from anyone coughing or sneezing. Flu season is upon us and nobody wants to get sick. But does avoiding germs really work?
It seems like everyone is careful to avoid germs but everyone is still getting sick. So what gives?
I’ve liked running most of my life. I ran to clear my head, to get somewhere faster, or for the sake of getting exercise. All of those are great reasons to run, but running took on a totally different form when I started running as a sport – when I added a long term goal to my casual jog.
When I first picked out a race, payed for it, and told all my friends I was going to run it, I didn’t know how much time I was going to spend training. I definitely didn’t know how all that training was going to change me and, in particular, the way I do my work.
Whether you have three bereavement days or an extended bereavement leave, you never quite feel prepared to return to work after the loss of a loved one. On the one hand, getting back into a routine is good because it provides you with much-needed distractions and other things to focus on throughout the day; on the other hand, it can feel as though getting out of bed and focusing at work are impossible tasks. You might wonder how you can possibly get anything done when your mind is consumed with thoughts of your loved one and tears are ready to flow at any moment. When the time comes to get back to work, there are a few steps you can take to manage your grief and make the transition a little easier on yourself.
Staying healthy is a challenge during the holidays. With so much good food around, it’s hard to eat well. With so much to do, it’s hard to make time for exercise. But we all know it’s important. Losing weight is a common ambition, albeit a difficult one to stick to. Avoiding medications is another reason many strive to eat healthier. There are lots of reasons to eat well and exercise, but have you ever heard of this one? Better health can make you better at your job.
Health affects more than just the way we look and feel but also how well we think and perform.