Remote Employees Face a Greater Risk of Burnout?

Remote Employees Face a Greater Risk of Burnout?

Zillow founder Rich Barton offers advice for helping work-from-home teams maintain work-life balance. Employees working from home are likelier to suffer burnout than they were when they worked in the office. This is why you should watch for burnout signs in your remote team, and take action to help them avoid burning out before it happens. Source: Inc. That advice comes from Rich Barton, founder of Zillow, Expedia, and Glassdoor. Barton took part in a recent GeekWire virtual event where he talked about the burnout dangers Zillow’s more than 5,000 employees face while working remotely. Barton tweeted in late April, My personal opinions about WFH have been turned upside down over the past two months. In the same tweet, he […]

9 Tips for Eating Healthy When You’re Working From Home

9 Tips for Eating Healthy When You’re Working From Home

You’re on a conference call and somehow wandered into the kitchen. Next thing you know you’re eating crackers and dry cereal out of the box. Or maybe you got so caught up in a project that you suddenly realize you haven’t eaten a thing all day. Or perhaps the “I’ll just have a handful of chips as I work” mentality turned into accidently eating the entire bag. Source Keeping your nutrition in check can be tough when your home is your office. You feel comfortable and there’s plenty of food available. And unlike in the office, you’re free to graze all day and the fridge is all yours. But this […]

Three Ways To Improve Immunity, From An Infectious Disease Specialist

Three Ways To Improve Immunity, From An Infectious Disease Specialist

In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, it might be easier to overlook the severity of the flu, but in reality, the two aren’t that different. This article will remind us just how important it is to keep our immune systems healthy. Here are top three tips, which emphasize both the mind and the body, to help improve immunity naturally. Source 1. Reduce stress. Stress can affect everything from brain health to body weight, and of course, immunity. Kesh said when her patients are otherwise doing everything right but continue to get sick, “It’s almost always because of stress.” This is because when cortisol levels aren’t kept within their normal range, whether in […]

5 Tips For Reducing Your Work Stress in 2020 (by yourself)

5 Tips For Reducing Your Work Stress in 2020 (by yourself)

You feel the need to commit that 2020 is the year you stress less about work? That the demanding deadlines, long hours, and email notifications will not get you down? It’s a great goal, and one you likely have in common with a lot of people; a survey by the American Psychological Association revealed that 61 percent of respondents found work to be a source of stress. Source But resolutions are best kept with a plan of action in your inbox, so we reached out to experts for tips on tackling work-related tension this year. A) Use Breaks Strategically If stress is getting the best of you during your daily 09:00 to 17:00, Kaplan suggested […]

5 Employee Wellness Trends for 2020

5 Employee Wellness Trends for 2020

Organisations are beginning to understand the direct connection between employee health and wellness and business performance. But the definition of employee wellness, or wellbeing, has evolved dramatically over the past few years, and corporate wellness programs must adapt to changes in society. Source Here are 5 new trends in employee wellbeing and corporate wellness programs:   1) Employee wellness programs are about more than just physical health.  What began as a focus on counting steps, tracking sleep, and logging water intake has expanded to include social and emotional—or mental—health. This means taking a more holistic view of employee wellbeing. Rather than just considering physical fitness, best-in-class corporate wellbeing programs now prioritise […]

These are the signs that you’re suffering from Burnout at Work

These are the signs that you’re suffering from Burnout at Work

It’s normal to feel stressed at work from time to time. But for some people, the stress becomes all-consuming, leading to exhaustion, cynicism and hatred towards your job. This is known as burnout. Burnout used to be classified as a problem related to life management, but last week the World Health Organisation re-labelled the syndrome as an “occupational phenomenon” to better reflect that burnout is a work-based syndrome caused by chronic stress. Source: World Economic Forum The newly listed dimensions of burnout are: Feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion Increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job Reduced professional efficacy (work performance). In the era […]

How Toxic Is Your Workplace Exactly? Quite Toxic If These 6 Things Keep Showing Up – Inc.

How Toxic Is Your Workplace Exactly? Quite Toxic If These 6 Things Keep Showing Up – Inc.

How toxic is the workplace-maybe even yours? In Dying for a Paycheck, Stanford professor of organizational behaviour Jeffrey Pfeffer documents loads of evidence suggesting that the workplace is literally killing people. Sixty one % of employees said that workplace stress had made them sick and 7% said they had actually been hospitalized. Job stress, according to Pfeffer, may cause 120,000 excess deaths each year.  Source: Inc. I’ve documented toxicity in the workplace as well, with head-shaking statistics. To raise awareness of the profundity of the problem in hopes of safeguarding our children’s future when they enter the workplace, I offer you six commonly found toxic behaviours. 1. Passive aggressiveness. Research has discovered that most toxic […]

Employers Need to Recognize That Our Wellness Starts at Work – HBR

Employers Need to Recognize That Our Wellness Starts at Work – HBR

The current debate about workplace wellness has called into question virtually every aspect of wellness programs. Commentators have railed against them, with some asserting that they are not only worthless but are also a morale disaster and a stealthy way to shift more coverage costs onto employees. Source: Harvard Business Review Despite all this, most corporate leaders continue to fund such programs. Collectively, employers spend upward of $8 billion a year on wellness programs — yet the programs underperform by most measures, and barely 25% of employers even try to understand how well their programs do. This disconnect between the near unanimous adoption of workplace wellness programs and their demonstrably apathetic results leads to some fundamental questions. Is the workplace […]

18 Simple Ways to Keep a Positive Attitude at Work

18 Simple Ways to Keep a Positive Attitude at Work

What if there was a way you could easily expand your mind and see greater possibilities in life? What if you could develop better skills naturally? When people think of having a positive attitude, they probably think it’s little more than plastering a smile on their face and trying to think happy thoughts. But it’s more than that. Source A positive attitude is something that goes deeper and has an effect beyond surface cheer. Negative attitudes promote fear, and a narrowing of focus and the mind, while positive attitudes do the opposite. No one should live in a constant state of “fight or flight”, but negative attitudes create exactly that […]

9 Ways to Reduce Plastic in your Workplace

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 […]