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Top 5 tips: the workplace wellness revolution

As Mental Health Awareness week 2019 (May 13-17) pushes wellbeing to the top of the agenda, here are five top tips from Absolute Corporate Events on keeping your employees feeling great and engaged to the max:

1. Love your lunch hour

We live in a world where so often lunch is scoffed down whilst frantically typing away at the computer, with our phones pressed against our ears, precariously balancing that forkful of food. It’s time to put a stop to rushed stressed out lunches and use the time to get outside, even for half an hour and stimulate those feel good chemicals. If there’s an outdoor space near the office, why not organise a fun game of rounders, cricket or football or even a group power walk? According to research by Frontiers, taking at least 20 minutes out of your day to get outside and connect with the great outdoors will significantly lower your stress hormone levels. Physical activity also encourages the production of endorphins which make you feel great and lead to more motivation and inspiration at work which can only be a win-win situation.

2. Challenge yourselves

A great way to keep morale high across a team of workers is to have a shared goal (and we don’t just mean the future success of the company.) Local sponsored walks or runs are not only a great way to get active and get those pesky endorphins dancing around again, but a great morale boosting exercise for colleagues and employees. The Absolute Corporate Events Team will be taking part in the Colour Rush in June which has been an incredibly strengthening experience for the team as a whole. MD of ACE said: “Race with ACE is a great chance for the ACE team to power to the finish line together whilst raising funds for help our charity, House of St Barnabas, which focuses on getting London’s homeless into paid employment.”

3. I get by with a little help from my friends

According to a study by The University of Ohio it makes good sense to buddy up with your work colleagues and have a friendly relationship as well as a working relationship. Robert Lount, co-author of the study and Associate Professor of Management and Human Resources at The Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business said: “Working with friends is not just something that makes us feel good, it actually produces better results in the workplace too.” So, heading to the pub for a pint after work could actually help your business and produce even better results… what a result.

4. Praise your employees

We all like to hear that we’re doing a good job. Just like getting a gold star on your homework back at school, being told you’re working hard and are an asset to your company is a great feeling. According to the Gallup Organisation, who surveyed more than four million employees about the importance of praise and recognition, being praised actually triggers the release of dopamine. This is a neurotransmitter that helps control the reward and pleasure centres of the brain. Translated: as well as making us feel incredible, dopamine can also contribute to innovative thinking and creative problem-solving at work. People love to be praised. That feeling of being recognised for doing a good job or working hard can give someone the push and incentive to work harder and carry on producing great results.

5. It’s good to talk…

Far too many workplaces don’t communicate fully, seemingly operating a “no news is good news” system but telling people that they are doing a good job is far more beneficial for employees and will lead to increased self-esteem and more motivation which means better results.  Sending a quick email to give positive and constructive feedback can go really far, and if time allows, a chat face to face can be just what the doctor ordered and will lead to a massive boost in morale.