The Great Return to Office Life.

What do I mean about Healthy & Holistic office Working?

Essentially what we are aiming for here is a healthy equilibrium at work where we are all working at our peak performance, in flow, in a stress free environment with very few distractions.

The Return To Work

If you want to have your team return to the office then they may need some convincing after being away for so long.

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  • The layout of the office (Covid aside) how are people sat and if they have their own desk? Ownership of their space instils a sense of responsibility rather than fighting for a hot desk, How are meeting rooms and communal spaces laid out for conducive conversations? Are you using muted colours or emotionally driving ones?
  • Will you allow plants? Pets?! Music?
  • Encourage regular breaks: schedule them in and stick to them, set a timer or assign a ‘break buddy’ so you ensure everyone takes a rest and is not stuck in front of their screen all of the time.
  • Move more — stand up and stretch, do desk yoga, set a movement challenge and raise money for the company’s charity. This is easily linked to your regular break routine and even better if employees can get outside whilst doing so.
  • Make sure when work ends it is a hard stop; no sending emails at stupid o’clock at night, no weekend instant messenger. If it helps — turn off your company work emails for everyone at the same time each day.
  • Can you offer more days off: recovery days, mental health days? These must be given without penalty and without judgement.
  • How about monthly vitality days help keep the message going: get physical, improve nutrition, focus on sleep, grow resilience, diminish stress — by finding out what the main concerns and issues are we can create a Year of Wellbeing with monthly topics, activities, specialist support etc.
  • Ask each and every employee what support they need. We often only hear a tiny part of what people are going through — delve deeper to see what the company can do. I once worked at an organisation where they fully supported someone through a shock cancer diagnosis and full treatment. If you are not sure how to do it — get an Occupational Health specialist in or someone like myself in to fully understand what the help and support your people need.
  • Keep wellbeing at the very top of your agenda by reminding your team about the help you have available: EAP, health insurance, career counselling, coaching, gym discounts — if they don’t know about it they won’t use it and will invariably think poorly of their employer.

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Kate Bishop

Kate Bishop

Kate is a renowned career strategist, confidence guru & coach on a mission to make everyone’s Mondays feel as good as Fridays. www.kate-bishop.co.uk