Using work time to relax might sound counterintuitive at first. On the contrary, giving employees a set slot for meditation or another type of mindfulness practice prepares them for the day more effectively than having them roll out of their cars into the office with only a cup of coffee to wake them up.
Working all hours of the day and night has been somewhat glamorized, but it’s clear there are few, if any, long-term benefits. Allowing employees to leave work at work will cut down on stress, which is a huge contributor to absenteeism and loss of productivity.
This sounds a bit obvious at first, but we can’t help but overemphasize the impact of a calm, pleasant work environment. This could include having adequate lighting (preferably from a natural source), plants, ergonomic chairs and desks, and wireless keyboard and mouse set-ups for ease of use. You can also allow employees to personalize their workstations.
Staring at a computer for 8 hours can be disorienting and can leave you feeling drained. Don’t cultivate a workplace atmosphere of fear among your employees; being too scared to leave their desks will result in added stress and loss of concentration. Allowing people to get up and walk around—within reason, of course—will encourage workers to refresh every now and then.
At The End Of The Day
Old-fashioned ideas of work—strict timekeeping and authoritarian bosses—simply don’t cut it anymore. Implementing strategies to encourage self-care will improve productivity, and help employees feel good about being at work—a sadly uncommon sentiment over the past few years.