Today starts the beginning of National Work Life Week which is an initiative that gives employers the chance to showcase how they provide work life balance for their staff. Hopefully your workplace is carrying out some initiatives or you could use it as an opportunity to remind yourself what benefits your organisation provides to support work life well-being. These may include:
- Private Healthcare
- Employee Assistance Programme
- Flexible working options
- Gym Membership
- Paid/ Unpaid leave other than holiday
However, if your company isn’t taking part or you work for yourself, this is a great opportunity to look at what’s working for you, what you would like to change and how you can go about that. I think one of the most significant changes I made to improve my well-being at work is to always take a break, no matter how busy I am or I think I don’t have time, a 10 minute walk around the block can re-energise me so much and I don’t just mean the dash out to get a sandwich, it’s about a wander without a purpose apart from to have a break.
Ideas to improve your work life well-being:
Other ideas you could consider to improve your work life well-being could include:
- Eating healthily – If you make a packed lunch at home you’re able to make healthier choices (left-overs from the night before is an easy and quick way to do this)
- Exercise – This doesn’t have to be a full on gym session but could be a short walk, 5 minutes HIIT or using your commute to exercise by walking or cycling to work.
- Do you find yourself often working late? If so, set yourself a time limit and plan to leave the office 15 minutes earlier or get the earlier train
- Are there any tasks that you can you delegate or re-prioritise?
- When was the last time your organised your desk? A tidy desk could make life easier for you.