Technology is wonderful because it helps us connect with more people than ever before and share ideas instantaneously – but switching off can be difficult. We’re bombarded by audio and visual messages which put us in a constant state of stimulation – you can’t always hear yourself think.
So, what’s the antidote to modern life? There may not be a one size fits all answer, but we need to acknowledge and appreciate the basic tenets of wellness. It’s not fluffy – it’s being human in the modern world.
At WAA Chosen, we launched Training Tuesdays to our team in August 2016. In January 2018, Wellness Wednesdays followed suit. On the last Wednesday of the month, we host a session that’s free and open to everyone. Here are some of the activities included:
- Talks by invited speakers from our local community, like fitness groups and lifestyle partners
- Experts in wellbeing and nutrition, sharing their thoughts on topics from mindfulness to making a healthier lunch
- Activities to engage the body as well as the mind – from cycling in Sutton Park or a revitalising yoga session
So far, we’ve had an introduction from The Gym (handily around the corner) who discussed the importance of exercise (there was a real focus on easy stretches to alleviate the pressure of being behind a desk) and considering your posture whilst using a screen.
We’ve also launched an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) provided by a carefully chosen partner, it’s there to support employee health and wellbeing, both at and away from work. You can talk to them about anything that’s on your mind – professional, personal, legal, financial – in complete confidence.
And our Strategy Director Jacqui Lennon hosted a session on how to have a better morning, which has already produced brilliant results.
Although there is a growing recognition of the importance of wellbeing in the workplace, and outside it, some organisations are yet to wake up to the benefits. It seems like common sense (and it is) but organisations that recognise the importance of employee welfare are likely to be more productive and successful.
The idea of wellbeing is really personal and probably doesn’t mean exactly the same thing to any two individuals. It could involve time to focus on your top priorities, it could be about getting a better night’s sleep or eating healthier – maybe you’ve got something on your mind. As a result, we’re open to suggestions for Wellness Wednesday at the agency. It’s just one of the many reasons for joining our agency team.
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