Stop the World from Spinning, I Want to Get Off!
6 Steps to Maximize Workplace Accessibility, Engagement, and Wellness
By Mercy Noah
There is no question that we are all feeling dizzy and exhausted from the ups and downs we have been experiencing over the past 18 months. Every time we feel things are going back to normal, here comes something else disturbing and causing chaos in our daily lives. It is clear that this is the way things are going to be for the foreseeable future.
Be careful. Workplace stress is an occupational hazard
Chronic stress can affect your physical, emotional, and mental health. According to Harvard Business Review, one in five highly engaged employees is at risk of burnout. https://hbr.org/2018/02/1-in-5-highly-engaged-employees-is-at-risk-of-burnout
What can we do in order to bring some balanced chaos into our world?
Good news. According to the American institute of Stress there are steps we can take to reduce stress. In fact, you can take a test to see how stressed you really are: https://www.stress.org/product/stress-mastery-questionnaire-smq
More good news: You don’t actually have to take a test if you follow these simple guidelines. Here are some tips we can put into place to help us navigate and take care of our health and well-being:
- Switch off. When it’s time to stop working, retrain your brain to shift out of “work” gear. Not doing so has been linked to anxiety, depression, emotional exhaustion, and fatigue.
- Take Breaks. Go for a walk around the block, take in some fresh natural air. Get your legs moving.
- Have fun. Stay connected with friends, family, and even co-workers.
- Change course. It’s OK. Don’t beat yourself up when you shift and adjust because things are changing.
- Talk it out. Tell others about your frustrations, do not keep it inside, people want to help you, but they cannot if you do not share how you are feeling.
- Zen out. Create focus time and personal satisfaction moments. Use one of the many free meditation apps available. Take a moment to quiet your mind, relax, disconnect, and breathe.
What are the benefits of taking care of ourselves?
- We take care of those around us and those we love
- We show personal appreciation and gratitude for the things we do everyday
- We recognize that we don’t need to be perfect
- We are able to see clearer the beauty around us
While these insights may not be a cure for all workplace ills, it’s a step in the right direction. Perhaps it has provided a nugget or two which can help you with the ultimate goal: living a better life.
The world will never stop spinning, but we can and should hop off once in a while.
Qumu has been making video smarter with its video engagement platform serving the Fortune 500 and Tech 1000. Qumu has committed to a 100% remote workforce that works from wherever, whenever, forever. Qumu is commitment to bringing value to video content. Qumu is also committed to having a diverse and healthy work environment. https://qumu.com/en/2020/10/29/video-first-an-executive-approach-to-brief-yet-impactful-messaging/
Mercy Noah is the Vice President, Human Capital at Qumu