An awareness month that some may overlook is one of the most important ones for businesses, Employee Wellbeing Month. This campaign is held in June and focuses on professional wellness which busy employees can often overlook. This month was established nine years ago and focuses on "spotlighting the workplace’s role in creating healthy employees,” according to employeewellbeingmonth.com.
Our employees are the backbone of Mason Construction, Ltd. and the reason we are able to offer quality service to our clients. It is important, in any business, to consider the wellbeing of team members so we all can function to the best of our abilities. Taking time to focus on our own wellness allows us to better serve others.
According to the Nava Health & Vitality Center, there are three work-related stressors we can all be aware of:
- Workload: Efficiency is important in the modern workplace. You're probably expected to handle large workloads diligently in a short amount of time. This might reduce break time and breathable space, which is detrimental to your concentration and overall well-being. Breaks are necessary to maintain a good workflow, so it's essential to know when to step away from your desk. You can make a stronger commitment to taking breaks by adhering to a strict break schedule or coordinating times with your co-workers. Alternatively, if the workload is the reason you're unable to take breaks, you can discuss the problem with your manager to find a solution.
- Proper posture: If you work a sedentary job, you may have trouble with your posture. It can be tempting to lean forward to look at your computer screen, but this may cause back and neck pain. Therefore, it's important to sit properly, keeping the back and neck straight. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration pointed out that people should have 20 to 40 inches between them and the computer screen. In addition, the most comfortable viewing angle is between 15 and 20 degrees. Readjusting your desk and computer setup might allow you to finish your day with fewer aches and pains.
- Healthy diet: Consuming unhealthy, large meals throughout the day can leave you feeling sluggish. An easy solution is to alter your diet to include more nutritious choices, such as salads filled with fresh produce. If you're unsure what to change, you can consult a nutritionist, who can analyze your typical meals and recommend the proper changes for a healthier lifestyle.
The workplace plays a vital role in the health and happiness of employees. Makes sense since we spend 40(+) hours a week in our work environment. Take time this month to prevent stress and foster a positive, healthier workplace for everyone on your team.
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