It’s mid way through the afternoon and having had lunch at your desk, you are now pounding through the mountain of work that is all due by 5pm today. You haven’t moved much and your body is feeling tired, your neck stiff and your eyes are becoming sore. You know deep down you should take a break but your stakeholders are counting on you to deliver. Cannot stop. Must continue through. But, should you?
Our work with different organisations and teams show a valuable insight into individuals and leaders lives who consistently put the needs and requirements of either the company, or others or both first. They are the very same people who on a busy day will power through and are unlikely to put wellbeing and their health at the forefront. This however has a negative impact on not only their resilience but productiveness and overall happiness at work.
It doesn’t matter whether you are a CEO or team leader, analyst or organisational psychologist, we can all benefit from a focus on our own wellbeing. Similarly to stretching before and after a workout there is now a new focus on research around looking after your body at work to prevent work stress-related burnout and replenish your resources. For example:
- One study found that self-initiated short breaks in the afternoon (accompanied by quality sleep the night before) resulted in higher work engagement.
- In another recent study, employees who experienced relaxation and relatedness with others during their lunch breaks were less exhausted during the afternoon
- A whitepaper published by Bendelta outlined the huge benefits of engaging with nature as a means of unlocking human potential, including enhanced creativity and attention.