Το μασάζ εδώ και χιλιετίες βελτιώνει τόσο τη σωματική όσο και την ψυχική υγεία. Είναι άρρηκτα συνδεδεμένο με την ευεξία μας.
Για την ομάδα σας
Το εταιρικό μασάζ μπορεί να ενισχύσει την αποδοτικότητα της ομάδας σας και παράλληλα την αίσθηση του ανήκειν.
640 Εργαζόμενοι / 11 Σημεία 4 Ημέρες / Αθήνα-Λάρισα- Θεσσαλονίκη
‘’Προσέφεραν 12’ λεπτές αναζωογονητικές συνεδρίες στεγνού μασάζ χωρίς λάδι, σε κάθε έναν από εμάς, στις αίθουσες συνεδριάσεων που τους παρείχαμε. Σε συνδυασμό με τα τονωτικά ροφήματα και ειδικά διατροφικά μείγματα που μας προσέφεραν στο τέλος, άφησαν τον κάθε δέκτη απόλυτα ευχαριστημένο, αναζωογονημένο και σε πραγματικά καλή διάθεση.’’
‘’Η μεθοδολογία υλοποίησης είχε εκπληκτική ροή, προέβλεπε κάθε πιθανή λεπτομέρεια ενώ ταυτόχρονα ήταν αρκετά ευέλικτη για να απορροφήσει και τις δικές μας ιδιαιτερότητες και κανόνες. Ήταν συνεπείς, οργανωμένοι και χειριστικαν με επαγγελματισμό το project που τους αναθέσαμε. Τα επίπεδα υγιεινής ήταν υψηλά και η συνολική οργάνωση δέσμευσε μκρό απο τον δικό μας χρόνο.’
OTE – Cosmote Group
1200 Εργαζόμενοι / 6 Σημεία 4 Ημέρες / Αθήνα
‘’Ανταποκρίθηκαν σε κάθε αίτημά μας με μεγάλη προθυμία και ευελιξία στο εντατικό πρόγραμμα έδειξαν απόλυτη προσαρμοστικότητα στα διαφορετικά κοινά και νοοτροπίες, και χάρη στα communication skills που διαθέτουν κέρδισαν όλους τους εργαζόμενους.’’
‘’Στα λίγα λεπτά που διαρκεί το διάλειμμα των εργαζόμενων στα Call Centers ο Mark και ο Γιάννης εργαζόντουσαν τόσο εντατικά αλλά και ποιοτικά με αποτέλεσμα να χαρίζουν πραγματικά πολύτιμες στιγμές ευεξίας στους εργαζόμενούς μας, γεγονός που καταγράφηκε στη φόρμα αξιολόγησης που συμπλήρωσαν.’’
‘’Πιστεύουμε ότι θα μας δοθεί η ευκαιρία για νέα συνεργασία – ειδικότερα στο πλαίσιο των προγραμμάτων Εσωτερικής Επικοινωνίας – για τους εργαζόμενους του Ομίλου ΟΤΕ, καθώς έχει ήδη διατυπωθεί το αίτημα για επανάληψη του προγράμματος ευεξίας με τους συνεργάτες μας Mark και Γιάννη.’’
Έχουμε μια σειρά γευστικών και ευεργετικών προτάσεων που θα συνοδεύσουν και θα ολοκληρώσουν την εμπειρία των ανθρώπων σας. Εστιάζουμε αποκλειστικά σε υπέρ – τροφές και αντιοξειδωτικά μείγματα που βελτιώνουν την διάθεση και αυξάνουν τα επίπεδα ενέργειας.
Σκοπός μας είναι να ενημερωθείτε για μεθόδους που προάγουν τη σωματική και ψυχική ευεξία καθώς και για νέους τρόπους διατροφής. Αν επηρεάσουμε τις διατροφικές σας συνήθειες προς το καλύτερο, θα αλλάξουμε ταυτόχρονα και την καθημερινότητα σας. Επηρεάζοντας την καθημερινότητα σας βελτιώνουμε τα αποθέματα σωματικής ενέργειας, την ψυχική σας δύναμη και κατά συνέπεια την παραγωγικότητα σας.
Take care of your employees, and they will take care of your business. – Richard Branson
“Your employees are your company’s real competitive advantage. They’re the ones making the magic happen, as long as their needs being met” – Richard Branson Source So many companies do not understand that. They think that if they put in ping pong tables, their part is done. More than ping pong tables and pizza Fridays, people need: an honest and open leadership, with truthful and factual communications Instead employees often get slogans, mission statements and spin stories. a chance to grow and to take on new responsibilities. A chance is sometimes the best thing you can give someone who needs it. Instead, often yes-men often get promoted, and best people are viewed as threat to boss’ own position. to be listened to, and be heard Instead, many bosses listen with an intent to respond, not to understand. a recognition and appreciation Instead their loyalty, hard work and results are often taken for granted. flexibility in choosing best methods, solutions Instead best people get micromanaged. Success in business is all about people.If you want your business to grow, grow your people. If you want to get the most out of your people, treat them well.
9 Ways to Reduce Plastic in your Workplace
Businesses of all sizes are well-placed to make a HUGE difference when it comes to tackling the ocean plastic crisis. Whilst individual efforts to use less plastic add up over time, cutting plastic usage at a business-level results in significantly greater reductions in plastic waste and far-reaching consequences – creating a ripple effect of positive change among colleagues, customers, suppliers, competitors, industry and the wider community. Source Given the devastation being caused in the oceans by our excessive plastic use, we urgently need more businesses to step up to this challenge… In 2015, we produced over 320 million tonnes of plastic globally – which is more than the combined weight of every human alive on earth today! Based on our current usage, global plastic production is set to double over the next 20 years – unless we collectively change our course. At this point, it’s important to realise that we have no effective means of getting rid of this durable material that we’re using and discarding as if there’s no tomorrow. The vast majority of plastic ever made has gone to landfill or escaped into our environment. We can’t recycle our way out of this mess because our current recycling infrastructure is not fit for purpose. Just 9% of plastic ever produced has been recycled and today much of the Western world’s recycling is simply shipped overseas and dumped in countries that lack the facilities to deal with it. Whilst innovation and initiatives such as the Bottle Deposit Return Scheme will hopefully increase recycling rates and make the circular economy part of the solution in the future, we need urgent damage-limiting action to protect our oceans TODAY. With a truckload of plastic entering our oceans every minute, the most efficient thing we can do is to learn to use significantly less plastic in the first place. You can make a real difference to the ocean plastic crisis by committing to use less plastic in your workplace. Using less plastic in the workplace is not rocket science. It simply requires investing some time and effort to review how much plastic waste you currently generate and also commitment at all levels to rethink how you do things to minimise your company’s plastic footprint. What about Greece? Please don’t be mislead here because Greece is not surrounded by Oceans. It’s all part of a bigger picture and we also have our own local issues to handle. In Greece only 16% of trash is recycled, compared with the EU’s average of 44%. Nearly everything else ends up buried in trash dumps. At Fyli, the country’s largest landfill on the outskirts of Athens, the site’s environmental officer, Ioanna Kapsimali says: “Plastic is the most difficult material, given its chemical composition,” she said, noting that it’s so light it can be blown away by the wind and end up in the sea. “That happens with quite a large amount [of plastic]. It causes problems because the plastic breaks up and is ingested by fish, birds, and other animals.” The EU plans to make all plastic packaging on the market recyclable by 2030, and wants member states to crack down on single-use plastic, with consumers using no more than 40 lightweight plastic bags annually by 2025. A few countries have already zoomed past that target: Finns on average use just four plastic bags a year. But in Greece we use 296 bags per year, according to the EU Commission. So where do you start? 1. Inspire your colleagues, hold an ocean plastic talk The first step is education – your colleagues need to care about the issue in order to want to do something about it. Thanks to Blue Planet 2 and recent high-profile media coverage, many of your colleagues may already care very much about the state of the oceans and will be heartened to see your business taking action. However, many may still require more inspiration or information to motivate them to make changes. Why not hold a talk about ocean plastic in your workplace? You could either get someone internal who is passionate about the problem to share their concerns or invite an external expert to come and inspire your team with first-hand stories of the devastation that plastic pollution is causing to our natural environment and to share insights and practical strategies to use less plastic in their personal lives and professional roles. Alternatively, you could arrange a screening of an inspirational film such as Plastic Oceans or Trashed to start a wave of change within your organisation and persuade your colleagues to rethink their plastic usage. 2. Organise a park or beach clean with your team One of the best ways to get people engaged with the issue is to let them see for themselves the scale of the problem. Nothing beats first-hand experience – seeing and taking on board that the plastic we all use in our everyday lives spills out into parks, countryside, rivers and oceans – even when we think we have disposed of it responsibly. When plastic escapes into our environment it’s not simply due to littering, it is down to inappropriate and excessive use of plastic by manufacturers and retailers. This is likely to include your organisation too. We have all been part of the problem and we can all take responsibility to play a part in finding solutions. A team clean-up is a great way to bond by doing something meaningful together and it will help focus your organisation’s plastic reduction efforts too. 3. Provide unlimited filtered tap water Single-use plastic water bottles are among the most common items we find washed up on the beautiful beaches near our home in South Devon. Globally we get through a million plastic bottles a minute – a statistic that is both mind-boggling and devastating, especially given that in many countries today the tap water is safe, free and more regulated than the bottled water industry. Show you’re serious about reducing plastic in your workplace by installing a mains-fed filtered water cooler or by putting a water filter on the office kitchen tap. Filtered tap water tastes better and is healthier than bottled water. If you promote the fact you offer free, unlimited water refills in your workplace, your colleagues will ditch their disposable water bottles and switch to refilling reusable bottles instead. 4. Have reusables in kitchens & canteens There’s no place for disposable plastic cutlery, plates and cups in modern businesses or societies. We now know that with plastic, there is no such thing as ‘away’. A single-use plastic utensil is useful for minutes yet will stay in our environment for centuries – harming or killing wildlife, polluting our oceans and damaging our eco systems. It’s much better to opt for reusable, washable serveware that can be used again and again, or encourage colleagues to bring their own (plates, cups, bowls, cutlery, lunchboxes, etc.) and provide facilities for washing them after use. 5. Reduce plastic in office tea and coffee – big topic in Greece Whilst it might be impossible to completely eliminate plastic from office tea and coffee making, there are steps you can take to minimise it which add up over time to a massive reduction in the plastic waste generated by your workplace. Place sugar in glass jars and use a spoon instead. Mix it with single use wooden sticks. Did you know that most tea bags have plastic in them? You can enjoy a plastic-free brew by offering loose leaf tea (plenty of exceptional Chamomile and Mountain tea in Greece). As for coffee, offer freshly roasted coffee beans also in glass jars or tins of coffee. Finally, it goes without saying that it pays to have reusable mugs and spoons and a place for them to be washed up. When you think about how many cups of tea and coffee you and your team consume in a year, you’ll realise that this is an area where some small changes will really count! We are happy to say that nearly all of WorkWell’s clients really do implement point 5 already! 6. Encourage eco habits, gift reusables to your team If you have budget, a great way to set the tone is to gift your whole team with a key reusable item, such as a water bottle, coffee cup or lunchbox – whatever you think they would most appreciate. There is also the option to brand these, if appropriate. Alternatively, you could wait to gift team members with reusables individually when it’s their birthday or to recognise good work. Giving reusables as gifts (both at work and in your personal life) is a great way to encourage eco habits among people who may not have got around to buying key reusable items for themselves yet and would appreciate a little nudge to help them reduce their reliance on single-use plastic. 7. Ask your team for ideas to cut plastic in their roles The people with the best insights into exactly how to cut plastic usage in your workplace are your team. They are the ones who know the biggest sources of plastic waste in your business. They may need a little prompting at first, to open their eyes to the damage that disposable plastic is causing so they understand WHY you want to use less plastic, and also encouragement to rethink HOW your business uses plastic – but once they get their thinking caps on they are sure to come up with some brilliantly creative solutions and ideas for doing things differently. For example in Marketing, instead of using balloons or cheap disposable promotional materials, consider investing in reusable bunting or fewer, higher quality yet more useful promotional items such as branded reusable water bottles or coffee cups. Making consistent reductions in your plastic usage over time adds up to make a big difference. 8. Request that suppliers use less plastic packaging Many organisations feel helpless when it comes to the amount of plastic packaging that is delivered into their business from suppliers on a daily basis. However, as the client, you have more sway than you realise, especially in the current climate when many are taking to social media to share shocking pictures of excessive and pointless plastic packaging. To keep relations positive, the best approach is to draft a formal letter explaining your objectives to cut your business plastic footprint, with guidelines of how you would prefer to receive your deliveries in future. One side-benefit of receiving less plastic in your deliveries is that you will save money on your business waste costs. Another is that by speaking up and requesting that your suppliers address this issue, you’re likely to cause a ripple effect through the supply chain as the positive changes that are made to meet your requests impact other suppliers, clients and competitors too. 9. Share your successes, inspire others to act too Start your less plastic journey by measuring approx. how many bags and recycling waste your organisation generates on a daily/weekly/monthly basis (as well as approx. weight) so you can easily report improvements once you start implementing the changes above. Once you have some impressive ‘then and now’ statistics and examples of how your business has cut its plastic waste, be sure to share your stories to maximise the opportunities to inspire others to take action too! Using less plastic in your business is not about achieving zero waste perfection because unfortunately in the world we live in today that would be virtually impossible, and the scale of the challenge would prevent many businesses from even trying to reduce their plastic footprint. Instead it’s about recognising that we can’t go on as we are – treating an indestructible material as disposable waste. There’s an urgent need for us to collectively change our mindset around plastic and channel our creativity to come up with better ways of doing things that are more mindful of our limited resources as well as the huge impact our daily choices have on our fragile environment.
The Psychology of Getting More Done (In Less Time)
In today’s busy world, we seem to be obsessed with the idea of “productivity” and “work hacks”. It’s easy to see why: being able to get more done allows us to get ahead in life, and even gives us more time to do the things we love outside of work.The problem we run into, however, is that it is easy to get motivated, but hard to stay disciplined. Source: Entrepreneur This is because most of us look at productivity in the wrong way: it’s not about signing up for the latest task management tool (which, admit it, you’ll use for a week and soon abandon) or chaining yourself to your desk, it’s about understanding the fundamentals behind how your brain works, and using it to your advantage. Today, we’ll look at what science has unveiled about the human brain and productive work, and you’ll learn how to tackle the biggest pitfalls that sabotage your ability to get things done. Abandon All Willpower, Ye Who Enter Here The first thing we need to acknowledge in the pursuit of a more productive lifestyle is the mountain of evidence that suggests willpower alone will not be enough to stay productive! According to research by Janet Polivy, our brain fears big projects and often fails to commit to long-term goals because we’re susceptible to “abandoning ship” at the first sign of distress. Think of the last time you went on a failed diet… You stocked your fridge with the healthiest foods & planned to exercise every day… until the first day you slipped up. After that, it was back to your old ways. To make matters worse, research by Kenneth McGraw was able to show that the biggest “wall” to success was often just getting started. Additional research in this area (surrounding the Zeigarnik Effect) suggests that we’re prone to procrastinating on large projects because we visualize the worst parts and thus delay in getting started. What do our brains prefer to do instead? According to researcher John Bargh, your brain will attempt to “simulate” real productive work by avoiding big projects and focusing on small, mindless tasks to fill your time. “Big project due tomorrow? Better reorganize my movie collection!” Perhaps worst of all, numerous studies on the concept of “ego-depletion” have provided some astounding evidence that suggests our willpower is a “limited resource” that can be used up in it’s entirety! With all of that stacked against us, what hope do we have? What can we possibly do to be more productive? In order to figure this out, one of our best bets is to observe the habits of some of the world’s most productive people. Fortunately for us, numerous researchers have done exactly that, and their findings on the “secrets” of productivity will surprise you. Related: 10 Insights on Building, Motivating and Managing an Exceptional Team The Habits of Productive People If I were to ask to describe the practice regiments of world-class musicians, you’d probably envision a shut-in artist who plays all day long and then tucks in their instrument at night. Amazingly though, research by Anders Ericsson that examined the practice sessions of elite violinists clearly showed that the best performers were not spending more time on the violin, but rather were being more productive during their practice sessions. Better yet, the most elite players were getting more sleep on average than everyone else! How is that possible? Subsequent research by Anders reveals the answer: the best players were engaging in more “deliberate practice”. That is, they spent more time on the hardest tasks and were better at managing their energy levels. Think of it this way: if you were trying to get better at basketball, you’d be much better off practicing specific drills for a couple of hours rather than “shooting hoops” all day long. Since deliberate practice requires you to spend more “brainpower” than busy work, how can you implement it without draining your willpower? The first answer isn’t very sexy, but it’s necessary: the best way to overcome your fear of spending a lot of energy on a big project is to simply get started. The Zeigarnik Effect (mentioned above) is a construct in our minds that psychologists have observed in numerous studies on “suspense”. One such study gave participants “brain buster” puzzles to complete, but not enough time to complete them. The surprising thing was, even when participants were asked to stop, over 90% of them went on to complete the puzzles anyway. According to the lead researcher: “It seems to be human nature to finish what we start and, if it is not finished, we experience dissonance.” It’s the same thing that happens when we become engaged in a story in a book, movie or TV show: we want to see how it ends! You can use this knowledge to your advantage by just getting started on that next big project, knowing that first step really is an important one in being productive. Once you’ve gotten started though, you need better methods of staying productive and engaging in “deliberate practice” in order to avoid doing busy work. How to Work Like an Expert A multitude of research has shown us that discipline is best maintained through habits, not through willpower. According to Tony Schwartz, CEO of The Energy Project, most people hold their productivity back by not rigidly scheduling work & rest breaks throughout the day. Since most of us are worried about our willpower, we don’t push ourselves to our maximum productive output: instead of “giving our all” for brief productivity sessions, we distribute our effort throughout the day, leading us back to busywork to fill our time. What should we do instead? Schwartz often cites a research study conducted by the Federal Aviation Administrationthat revealed how short breaks between longer working sessions resulted in a 16% improvement in awareness & focus. Research from Peretz Lavie on “ultradian rhythms” matches up with these findings: longer productive sessions (of 90 minutes) followed by short breaks (of no more than 15-20 minutes) sync more closely with our natural energy cycles and allow us to maintain a better focus and higher energy level throughout the day. The best part? Both of these studies on energy management match up with the practice schedules of the world-class violinists: the most common practice regimen for the “cream of the crop” players was a 90-minute block of intense practice followed by a 15-minute break. The moral of the story: It’s hard to be productive while trying to maintain high energy levels through your entire day. It’s much easier for your brain to approach a 90-minute session of productivity when it knows that a 15-minute break is coming up afterward. Instead of trying to conserve your energy for multiple hours, we are at our most productive when we break big projects down into smaller chunks and plan a recovery period right after. For projects done on your own time, try scheduling blocks of 90-minute work sessions with a planned cool down time of 15 minutes directly afterwards. When you know a break is on the horizon, you won’t try to “pace yourself” with your work, and will be more inclined to dive into the difficult stuff. While great for tackling the toughest parts of large projects, this technique doesn’t really address many problems related to discipline, an important part of staying productive for more than just a day or two. Fortunately, we have research in this area that will change the way you approach discipline and that will get you to start using systems to maintain and track your progress. The Art of Staying Disciplined One segment of the population known for struggling with discipline are those who are addicted to hard drugs. Given their disposition for being unable to commit to many things, you might be surprised to find that during an experiment testing the ability of drug addicts to write & submit a 5 paragraph essay on time, those who wrote down when & where they would complete the essay were 90% more likely to turn it in! These findings have some interesting correlation with those related to discipline in “normal” people: in a study examining the ability of average people to stick with a strict dieting plan, researchers found that those participants who rigorously monitored what they were eating were able to maintain far higher levels of self-control when it came to maintaining their diet. Last but not least, Dan Ariely and colleagues conducted a study involving college students and found that students who imposed strict deadlines on themselves for assignments performed far better (and more consistently) than those who didn’t. These findings were especially interesting because Ariely noted that students who gave themselves too generous of a deadline often suffered from the same problems as students who set zero deadlines: when you allot yourself too much time to complete a task, you can end up creating a “mountain out of a molehill”. Since we now know that tracking our progress is a key component of productivity, how can we implement this practice into our daily routine? One method is to use an Accountability Chart to track what work you’ve completed during your 90-minute productive sessions, similar to how the dieters tracked their food consumption. To easily implement one into your daily routine, simply create two-columns on a piece of paper, Google Docs spreadsheet, or even a whiteboard. Column 1 will list the time-span of one of your productivity sessions. Column 2 will list what tasks you’ve accomplished in that limited time-span. Don’t include any columns for your 15-minute breaks, as those times are for your own sake and means to replenish your willpower. This seemingly simple strategy works incredibly well for 2 very specific reasons: Tracking your progress in this way has been proven by Dr. Kentaro Fujita to increase self-control because you’ll be exposed to the work you’ve actually accomplished, and not the (inaccurate) assumption of work you might construe in your head. (Forcing yourself to write down the fact that you spent 2 hours on Reddit doing no work guilt trips you into not doing it again ;)). Progress tracking is also a known strategy for stopping yourself from engaging in “robotic behavior” (also known as ‘busywork’), a habit that researcher John Bargh describes as the #1 enemy of goal striving. Productivity & Multitasking With a work schedule, an energy management strategy and a task-tracking system in place, the last challenge we have to face is that ofmultitasking. The danger surrounding multitasking lies in how our brains perceive it: according to a 1999 study, we have a tendency to view multitasking as really effective from the outside… after all, shouldn’t productivity increase if we are doing multiple things at once? The science shows us that this is an absolute falsehood: Researcher Zhen Wang was able to show that on average, multitaskers are actually less likely to be productive, yet they feel more “emotionally satisfied” with their work (creating an illusion of productivity). Worse yet, Stanford researcher Clifford Nass examined the work patterns of multitaskers and analyzed their ability to: Filter information Switch between tasks Maintain a high working memory …and found that they were terrible at all 3! According to Nass: “We were absolutely shocked. We all lost our bets. It turns out multitaskers are terrible at every aspect of multitasking.” How can we fight back? The best way is to simply block ourselves from distracting elements that may cause us to multitask. When working on the computer, be sure to use tools like Controlled multi-tab browsing and StayFocusd (Chrome extensions) to block distracting sites and limit the amount of tabs you can have open. The next best strategy is to create an evening planning ritual where you select a few priority tasks to accomplish the next day. The reason this method works far better than planning your daily tasks in the morning is because research from the Kellogg School(not the cereal :P) has shown that we drastically miscalculate the amount of focus we’ll be able to maintain in the future: that is, we strongly believe that we’ll be able to quickly plan our day the next morning, but when tomorrow rolls around without a game plan to get us started, we’ll likely fall back into our old multitasking ways to avoid doing any real work. You can create an evening planning ritual with a simple pen & paper or use an online tool like TeuxDeux each night. List only priority tasks (the “big 5”) for the day and be sure to include completed tasks in your Accountability Chart when they are completed. Last but not least, since the research has shown us that we are terrible at “winging it” when it comes to completing big projects,split large tasks up into smaller segments so your brain won’t view the assignment as something that is so large that you must multitask to complete it. (For instance, instead of listing “Work on research project” as a daily goal, try something like “Finish introduction” or “Find additional sources” as a task you can complete) Key Take Aways Understand that willpower alone will not save you: Your productivity shouldn’t be reliant on your sheer force of will alone. Sure, mental toughness will get you a long way, but in order to stay disciplined over time, you need to acknowledge the usefulness of systems for keeping yourself on track. Give yourself the ability to go “all-in”: Working harder on the stuff that matters is going to drain you mentally & physically. Don’t be afraid of giving yourself multiple breaks throughout the day. It’s better to “chunk” productivity sessions into 90 minute periods (followed by 15 minute breaks) in order to keep yourself sharp and to alleviate the stress of pacing your energy throughout the entire day. World class experts utilize this strategy, so it ought to be good enough for you too! If it’s not worth measuring, it’s not worth doing: Okay… that might be a bit of an exaggeration. Tracking has been proven to be the best way to stay diligent about your progress. Create an accountability chart to list what productive things you’ve gotten done throughout the day. You’ll see how much you’re really accomplishing. Multitasking is your enemy: Treat it as such. Block out unwanted distractions and as Ron Swanson would say, “Never half-ass two things, whole-ass one thing.”