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We just helped our sixteenth company with their Health and Wellbeing Week, and I have to say, it turned out to be our best yet.
When you look at the eating stats for their 127 staff the week after their health week, however, you might think things aren’t progressing as their staff only ate 0.7 extra portions of fruit a vegetables a day. But all signals are pointing in the right direction.
Here’s what happened during their week.
An office fruit box delivery, if you don’t have one already, is indispensable for the work place in 2016.
People are important. Your business’ successes (and failures) are down to your team.
What’s more, 90% of a business’ operational costs are spent on staff wages. That means, fundamentally, every business is run on people power.
So how your colleagues feel, act and work is of paramount importance and you need to do everything in your power to give them the platform to succeed.
Because their success is your success.
So what do you need to do today?
In 2013/4, 11.3 million days were lost to stress in the UK. That means work related stress cost businesses over £6.5 billion. And this isn’t even taking into account the cost of loss of productivity whilst working due to stress. Stress affects a manager’s business profits, and therefore it should be taken seriously by them.
It’s clear that some people get more stressed than others – there are some situations which cause me to get stressed which won’t cause a co-worker to get stressed. This makes it seem like the burden is on the individual to reduce their own stress – which might actually make them more stressed.
But I want to show that a manager can make a difference to their employees’ stress levels, both through their attitude and through organisational changes that can be made.