Corporate Health: Setting Clear Goals

Studies have shown that having something specific and realistic to aim for is important in personal development and wellbeing. We’ve all made New Year’s Resolutions and other goals before, but how many of us have actually stuck with them? This newsletter contains a range of resources that you can use to help your staff to set achievable goals – and the more they successfully achieve, the more motivated they’ll be to do even more!

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This great article from Inc. suggests that we should literally be setting ‘CLEAR‘ goals – yep, it’s another nifty acronym to help you figure out whether your goal is a good one.

Why not suggest that your staff use this framework to plan their aims for the next quarter?


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If your staff prefer motivational content in video form, MindTools has you covered. This 2 minute clip covers the benefits of setting good goals, and the best ways to plan and execute them. For more in-depth explanations, just click the link in the video description.


 

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This resource from NHS LiveWell is specifically about New Year’s resolutions, but the information is relevant year-round. It covers studies into what resolutions are successful, tips for achieving, and links to useful content such as support to quit smoking or drink less alcohol.


Nudjed Health Resources are collections of online content and tools that offer simple, low-cost ways to improve specific areas of health. To discover which areas of health are affecting productivity in your organisation, check out Nudjed Insights. 

Corporate Health: The Importance of Good Posture

Paramount Interiors is an office design and fit out company based in both London and Cardiff. They help businesses of all sizes across the UK optimise their workspace and create effective, innovative working environments.

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We asked Helen Bartlett, Design Manager at Paramount, to give us her thoughts on how the design, layout and modern office furniture in a workplace can improve the health and wellbeing of staff; with a special focus on the importance of posture.


October 16th is World Spine Day. It’s an opportunity for people from around the world to raise awareness of the fact that poor posture and inactivity can contribute to the development of back pain and other spinal disorders.

The theme for 2015 is “Your Back at Work”, focusing on the importance of good spinal health and preventing injuries in the workplace.

Ensuring that the offices we design promote health and wellbeing is becoming more and more important to businesses, and there are a number of ways in which we can do this. Since we’re talking about posture, it seems appropriate to start with the thing that you’re probably sat on while you’re reading this; the humble office chair.


 

Are you sitting comfortably?
We asked this question in one of the first blogs we wrote, about a specific piece of furniture; the Gesture chair. We partner with the worldwide office manufacturer, Steelcase, who conducted a global survey to find the perfect posture. 2,000 people from 11 countries, including the UK, were asked about how they use current technology in the workplace and what effect they felt that this was having on their posture.

They found that new technologies demanded new ways of moving and working, which led to the discovery of nine new postures which, if not addressed by current seating, could lead to pain and discomfort.

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9 New Postures – Image from Steelcase

The Draw: People pull back from their desks and recline, bringing their elbows into the body to draw a mobile device closer.
The Multi-Device: Holding a mobile in one hand and working on a laptop with the other, resulting in the individual leaning forwards.
The Text: Arms are brought in close to the body with the device supported by the user’s arms and hands.
The Cocoon: This is all about short-term comfort, bringing feet up and reclining draws the device closer.
The Swipe: Operating the device with one hand, users lean over it and position their head to face downwards.
The Smart Lean: Having received a personal message, a person’s posture will change, leaning to the side in order to shield the content from others.
The Trance: In deep concentration an individual will strain their neck forward, lean into their desk, use a hand to support their head and place their feet on the chair base.
The Take It In: This posture supports contemplation of digital information on large displays, consuming information and content rather than generating it.
The Strunch: Short for the ‘stretched-out-hunch’, when people use a laptop they push it further away, reaching out and often using an arm to prop themselves up.

Steelcase’s solution to these nine new postures, and the problems associated with them, was the creation of the Gesture chair; designed to mimic the movement of the human body, it offered a flexibility and freedom of movement that recognised people’s changing postures relating to mobile technology.
But seating is merely one aspect of perfect posture and wellbeing in the workplace.


Stretch your legs.
Statistics show that people are now spending more time working than anything else, including sleeping. So staying active while you’re in the office is more important than ever!

At Paramount we’re lucky enough to have our own gym in the office, but if that’s not a realistic option there are other ways to encourage a bit more movement in the workplace.

Simply reconfiguring the layout of the office can give staff more opportunity to move around.

Make it clear that it’s okay for staff to take regular breaks from viewing their screen and stretch their legs around or outside the office. Something that’s made an appearance in the media recently is the treadmill desk, which combines the gym with the workplace in one piece of furniture!

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(The WalkStation – image from Steelcase)


Take a stand against bad posture.
Another option is to take meetings whilst standing up. This is especially relevant since recent research is starting to highlight the importance of breaking up your day into periods of sitting and standing.

Official health guidelines suggest that workers should stand for at least 2 hours a day in the office.

As a result, more and more businesses are looking at the latest trend for sit/stand desks, which adjust to your height. The other office furniture manufacturer that we partner with, Kinnarps, are based in Sweden, where height-adjustable desks have been a feature of Scandinavian offices for decades. They’re now trying to get more businesses to join the sit/stand revolution by promoting the health, productivity and creativity benefits they can bring.

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(Series P Sit/Stand Desk – Image from Kinnarps)

At the very least, hopefully I’ve made you sit up a little straighter while reading this, or even get up and have a stroll, because breaking up the day with a bit of movement is good for both our spines and our minds!

For more information about the offices that Paramount have designed for their clients, visit http://paramountinteriors.com/ or follow them on Twitter.


 

Check out our workplace health series for more inspirations for creating happier, healthier and more productive teams. To discover which areas of health are affecting productivity in your organisation, try Nudjed Insights today. 

Corporate Health: Coping With Pressure

There are all sorts of reasons that your staff might feel under pressure, whether at work or at home. Stress can have a negative effect on attention and productivity, so it’s best to notice when your staff are stressed and try to relieve the tension.

In this blog, we look at a variety of ways to deal with pressure, and how you can help your staff to develop healthy coping mechanisms.

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Calm is an online meditation tool that uses beautiful imagery and soothing sounds to help people to relax. If staff are getting worked up, why not suggest they try one of the short guided meditations? They can choose between 2, 5, 10, 15 or 20 minutes.


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This guide from Mind has a range of great ideas for how you and your staff can support colleagues who are dealing with pressure at work.


This blog from Psych Central offers simple, practical ways that your staff can recognise the things that are causing them pressure and learn to deal with them effectively. Different coping mechanisms work for different people, so encourage your staff to experiment with different methods and learn what’s best for them.

 


Nudjed Health Resources are collections of online content and tools that offer simple, low-cost ways to improve specific areas of health. To discover which areas of health are affecting productivity in your organisation, check out Nudjed Insights. 

Corporate Health: Home Workouts

There are loads of reasons that your staff may avoid going to the gym or out for a run – bad weather, self-consciousness, a lack of time, or maybe they simply can’t be bothered. Home workouts are a great alternative, and most of them don’t require any special preparation or expensive equipment – so no more excuses!

Below are a range of home workouts that you can recommend to your staff to help them reach their fitness goals.

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Greatist have an extensive collection of home workouts – there’s something to suit everybody, whatever their level of ability or area of interest! This is a great resource to share with your staff.


 

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Yoga With Adriene is one of the best free online yoga resources we’ve come across. Her ‘Yoga For Complete Beginners’ video is a great introduction you can share with staff who are interested in giving yoga a try!


 

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The NHS recommend improving aerobic fitness with this 10 minute home cardio workout. You could even think about holding short exercise sessions before work or during lunch times!


Nudjed Health Resources are collections of online content and tools that offer simple, low-cost ways to improve specific areas of health. To discover which areas of health are affecting productivity in your organisation, check out Nudjed Insights. 

Corporate Health: Dealing With Anxiety and Irritability

It’s estimated that up to 1 in 6 people will suffer from an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives, and many more people experience occasional anxiety and irritability caused by stress.

Mental wellbeing is important for quality of life; in a work setting, anxious or miserable people will be less engaged and less productive.

This blog contains a range of advice and tools that you can use to boost your staff’s mood. Of course, if somebody is suffering from serious mental illness, they should seek medical advice.

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This wonderful tool from Relax Online is an interactive stress analyst that helps you to identify the root cause of your anxiety and overcome it. It has lots of great calming advice, and you can even click through to see how it works. Try recommending to to staff members that are having a bad day.


 

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This resource from Mind has lots of information about how mental health affects people in the workplace, and steps you can take to ensure you’re supporting your staff as much as possible.


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Meditation has been proven to help alleviate anxiety. Headspace is a great web app which teaches people the basics of meditation in as little as ten minutes – and you can sign up and try 10 days for free! Consider providing a Headspace subscription as a resource for staff that are struggling.


Nudjed Health Resources are collections of online content and tools that offer simple, low-cost ways to improve specific areas of health. To discover which areas of health are affecting productivity in your organisation, check out Nudjed Insights. 

Corporate Health: Healthier Snacks to Boost Energy and Improve Nutrition

Snacking is something we all do, often without giving it much thought –  which means it can be a trap full of unnecessary calories, sugar and fat!

In this blog, you’ll find a whole range of suggestions for more the nutritious snacks – perfect for providing at work to help your staff to become healthier.

Good snacks can provide slow release energy to help your staff stay alert and productive throughout the day, as well as vitamins and minerals for a health boost.

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This piece from Greatist has a whole load of suggestions for delicious, healthy  snacks, like these Greek parfait pots. Why not try some out if you’re having an office party, or suggest that your staff make some with their families?


 

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This Nudjed blog has all the information you need about wholegrain snacks and why they’re so great, as well as links to snack suggestions and science-based nutritional knowledge. Use it to help plan healthier snack alternatives for your office!


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This article from Change 4 Life has lots of great suggestions to make it easier to avoid unhealthy snacks. Share it with your staff, and maybe think about using some of the suggestions in the workplace – for example, if you don’t have unhealthy snacks in your vending machines, it’ll be harder for staff to slip up!


Nudjed Health Resources are collections of online content and tools that offer simple, low-cost ways to improve specific areas of health. To discover which areas of health are affecting productivity in your organisation, check out Nudjed Insights. 

Corporate Health: Encourage Positive Mental Attitudes at Work

Research has shown that people who are in a good mood are more focused and productive, and interact better with those around them. In a workplace setting, happy staff are simply good for business. Below are a range of resources that you can use to encourage your staff to cultivate positive mental attitudes.


 

Turn Lights On is an organisation that encourages people to become more positive and happy through social connection and mindfulness. Since they’re so great at spreading happiness, we asked them to write this guest blog full of advice for promoting a positive mental attitude!


 

A great way to become more positive is to focus your attention on things that make you happy. The 100 Happy Days project encourages people to share one thing that makes them happy every day for – you guessed it – 100 days. Why not give it a go in your workplace?


 

This article from Tiny Buddha has loads of practical advice for creating a positive mental attitude. It’s not something that can happen overnight – it takes dedication and practice! Why not share this with your staff so that they can start practicing?


Nudjed Health Resources are collections of online content and tools that offer simple, low-cost ways to improve specific areas of health. To discover which areas of health are affecting productivity in your organisation, check out Nudjed Insights. 

Corporate Health: Get Your Staff Running

Running is great cardio, requires very little equipment and preparation, and people of almost any ability can give it a go! This health resource contains a range of articles and information that you can share with your staff to encourage them to get their trainers on.


 

The Nudjed guide for first-time runners is a great introduction to the sport for your employees who may be nervous about giving it a go. It contains 8 simple steps to prepare yourself and have a successful run.


 

This training plan from the NHS will give your staff all the information and guidance they need to build up to a 5k run! You could even suggest that a group from your organisation sign up for a race near you to give them something to aim for – try RunningBug’s race finder here.


 

For those who are already interested in running, you could suggest checking out this rundown of the best apps for tracking performance. Measuring progress is one of the best ways to stay on track with health and fitness goals!


Nudjed Health Resources are collections of online content and tools that offer simple, low-cost ways to improve specific areas of health. To discover which areas of health are affecting productivity in your organisation, check out Nudjed Insights. 

Corporate Health: Improve Productivity By Helping Your Team To Get Better Sleep

Sleep deprivation can have a negative impact on behaviour in the workplace, with sufferers experiencing low mood, decreased productivity, clumsiness, and even impaired brain function.

Science hasn’t quite figured out why we need to sleep, but we do know that just a couple of days without sleep can literally drive a person mad!

This article identifies a range of ways for you to support your staff to get better sleep – improving their health, and your organisation’s performance.


The Nudjed guide to getting better sleep covers a range of science-backed tips, from things you should cut out of your diet to ideas for useful bedtime rituals. It also has some pointers on keeping track of your sleep to pick out patterns. You could share the article with your staff, or try enacting some of the suggestions yourself – for example, you could introduce a caffeine amnesty and provide chamomile tea in the afternoons.


For employees with persistent sleep problems, there are a range of apps that may be helpful. For example, Sleepio is online clinical programme that uses CBT to tackle insomnia. It can even use sleep data from a wearable device if you use one, and is NHS-approved!


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This video from AsapThought has a load of suggestions for little changes you can make to get better sleep. They explain the science behind ‘power naps’ and the role that brain chemicals play in your sleep cycle in simple terms – perfect for sharing health knowledge with your staff without making them read loads of science!

Nudjed Health Resources are collections of online content and tools that offer simple, low-cost ways to improve specific areas of health. To discover which areas of health are affecting productivity in your organisation, check out Nudjed Insights.