5 important points to remember about well-being when at work
A guest article by Danielle from Elm Workspace
Well-being is the state of being happy and healthy in one's own self. In today's society there are so many factors that can be damaging to your well-being. Relationships, illness, family and friends can positively and negatively influence how you feel.
Work has a major impact on your mental well-being. On average most people spend about 38 hours at work every week. Factors at work such as your job role, relationships with colleagues and the working environment can affect your attitude.
Whilst there are factors that can affect your happiness, you have the power to change it. Professor Sarah Stewart-Brown, a professor of public health, has rightly said, "No-one can give well-being to you. It's you who has to take action." Showing that you do have control over your own well-being, whilst external factors can affect how you're feeling and your outlook, you have the power to control your own happiness.
As we mentioned before, work has a major impact on people's lives. When you spend so much time at work, it's not surprising it can have such an effect on you. But there are ways you can influence and change how you feel at work.
Here are the important points to remember about well-being when at work:
Talk, don't suffer in silence
When you've got a problem at work, you need to tell somebody. So often, employees are unhappy or annoyed at work and they don't speak to anyone about it. This negative feeling can grow and influence your attitude. Having a bad attitude in the office can cause more issues with your colleagues and supervisors, but worst of all it can make you unhappy and stressed. Eventually you can feel like the only option is to leave. There are many reasons why employees decide to leave a job but in most cases you can fix the problem by talking to someone.
It is always important to remember that your employer should give you the opportunity to talk to someone if you have any problems.Rather than letting any issues fester or get worse you need to solve it.
In some cases, managers or other colleagues may not know you have any problems. They may not know their own actions have caused you to be unhappy or unnecessarily stressed. You have the ability to talk to them and solve the issue.
Control over work environment
The temperature of your work environment, noise pollution, lighting and furniture can all affect your well-being. Having bright lights over your desk can cause headaches. If your workspace is next to the kitchen, your colleagues can be a distraction when they're on their break.
You have some control over your work environment. Firstly, talking to your supervisor and offering some solutions that you think would improve the situation is a start.
Requesting to move to a quieter work area or getting more comfortable furniture will increase your comfort in the workplace.
Don't sit behind a desk all day
If your job involves you sitting at a desk for the majority of the day, you need to use your breaks to get up and have a walk around. Being sat on the same chair from 9 to 5 can be harmful to your health.
There are some shocking facts about how sitting all day is detrimental. One study claimed being in a sitting position for long stretches at a time can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease in men.It might seem easier to eat at your desk but going for a walk or eating in a different location will have a positive impact on your mental well being.
Fresh air helps to reduce stress and a change of scenery gives you a chance to recharge your batteries.
Have you ever felt like work has been unfair with you? It is always important to remember your Worker's Rights.
If you've witnessed malpractice at work or you've been asked to work extra hours then you need to check what rights you have. Being unable to have time off work due to a bereavement or sickness is against your worker's rights.
Suffering stress at work or feeling unhappy because of the unfair attitudes acted towards you can be fixed by finding out if your rights are being abused.
Look after yourself
The most important thing to remember about well being at work is to look after yourself. Many employees focus on good performance and meeting deadlines that they fail to see their mental health is suffering as a result. Being stressed and unhappy at work is harmful to your health and well being.
There is always a solution, remember to talk to your colleagues or your supervisors to find a way to improve your happiness. If you feel there is no solution, then you should consider looking for another job. There is no job that should sacrifice your own well being.
About the author:
Danielle works for Elm Workspace design, who deliver and install interior fit outs for commercial, public sector, healthcare and educational premises. To take a look at our most recent projects created by Elm Workspace, visit our projects page: http://www.elmworkspace.com/.