We’re Fully Committed To Prioritising Workplace Wellbeing! Are You?
For many of us, it has been nearly twelve months since our homes became our place of work. Despite the optimism of a new year dawning, the third National Lockdown is taking its’ toll! Work plays a huge part in most people’s lives. It is where we spend much of our time – physically and emotionally (90,000 hours approximately in our lifetime) and of course it’s a means of earning a livelihood. It also can give us a sense of purpose, achievement, boost our self-esteem, and an opportunity to connect and build friendships with our colleagues. This balance has however all changed.
In 2021, as we continue to work remotely, in unfamiliar work environments, the challenges we face linked to protecting mental & physical wellbeing grow. At Tonic, we plan to address this head on. Our mission is two fold:
- To help restore a better balance between home and work, now our workplace* is also our home.
- Provide you with the tools, support, education and incentives to optimise individual wellbeing.
The definition of a workplace*
A location where someone works for their employer, a place of employment. Such a place can range from a home to an office building or factory!!
The Importance of Workplace Wellbeing
Here at Tonic, we believe wellbeing in the workplace is all about the strong correlation between healthier employees, resilience, engagement & productivity. It is about understanding the links between work, health & wellbeing, and the role of business leaders in adopting an organisational approach to wellbeing.
During their 2020 Health and Wellbeing at Work Survey, the CIPD found that, although the number of sick days recorded by employers had dropped, ‘presenteeism’, where employees feel the need to work when unwell, and ‘leaveism’, where, for example, employees use their holiday allowance to work, are widespread.
Although employee absence levels are the lowest we’ve recorded in twenty years, this doesn’t necessarily mean employers can assume their people are healthier at work. Organisations need to look much deeper than sickness absence to understand what drives their employees’ behaviour, attendance and wellbeing. The people profession plays a crucial role in this regard.
The Tonic team helps empower employees to take personal responsibility for their individual wellbeing. Through heightening awareness, placing a focus on prevention and ultimately inspiring positive behaviour change, we can make daily choices to influence and improve our wellbeing. We can make our LIFESTYLE our medicine!
Our blended approach (on-line and on-site, group and 1-2-1) is firmly grounded in our expertise in physiology, medicine, anatomy, mental health and organisational psychology. This means our expert team can help employees on a holistic level to lead happier & healthier lives.
Tonic’s Workplace Wellbeing Framework:
Workplace Wellbeing for Employers
DID YOU KNOW: Showing you care about the mental and physical health of your employees is vital to:
- Addressing absenteeism
- Attracting & retaining the best talent
- Making staff feel valued
- Improving morale & engagement
Our feedback shows that employees not only feel good when their employer takes an interest in their health, it also shows they care. We have also found that the process of carrying out a health is one thing but, finding someone who understands an employees’ worries or concerns and can talk them through and empathise, is equally as important.
Employers can reap benefits by offering to help employees to achieve their health goals. These include feeling better about themselves, having more energy, losing weight, moving more, de-stressing and even sleeping better. It is proven that eliminating bad habits and creating new healthy ones can significantly improve overall staff productivity. Our health checks have real bottom line impact as well as introducing a feel good factor to the workplace. A workplace wellbeing program promotes goodwill among staff because they know their company cares.
It’s a win-win scenario for everyone. Organisations benefit by getting employees that are healthier and focused on being productive rather than dealing with health issues. Staff are motivated, present and happy!
Every month, Tonic chooses a different theme of focus in our wellbeing hub in our well@work app. For February we have chosen Workplace Wellbeing. We believe that, without question, it is the small things you do day in day out that can be transformative in terms of your mental and physical health.
To reinforce this, we use the pillars of wellbeing at the heart of our employee wellbeing plans, focusing on the centre of the framework above. If we get these right then our ability to optimise our health and wellbeing is greatly increased. These pillars include:
- YOUR NUTRITION CHOICES
- ACTIVITY LEVELS
- STRESS MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES
- SLEEP & REST BEHAVIOURS
“It is understandable to experience difficult feelings about the coronavirus pandemic, especially after living through it for so long. There is no ‘normal’ response to a pandemic… Remember: things might feel hard right now, but this situation is unusual. And it won’t last forever.”
PILLAR ONE – Physical Activity
Since the start of the pandemic, more of us have been working from home and sitting down much more than we usually do. It has been hard for us to maintain our activity levels. It is even harder for people who are not motivated to engage in exercise but, try to remember at a time like this it is even more important for people of all ages and abilities to be as active as possible – for both our mental and physical health!
PILLAR TWO – Stress Management
Work-related stress has been and continues to be a huge concern; and now more than ever as boundaries between our home life and work have become increasingly blurry. The findings of a recent study shone a spotlight on the everyday pressures UK workers face, many of whom feel they’re dealing with mounting levels of stress. Over a third of respondents said that stress-related absence had increased over the past year, with many singling out heavy workloads as the number one cause.
PILLAR THREE -Sleep & Recovery
Extensive research shows that getting enough quality sleep on a regular bases can help improve many health, wellbeing and lifestyle related challenges; from your blood sugar levels, your immunity and even your mood.
PILLAR FOUR – Food & Your Mood
The Tonic Team firmly believe that your daily food choices affect your health; how you feel today, tomorrow, and especially your immunity in the future. Put simply good nutrition can make a huge & lasting difference to your health & wellbeing.
We offer engaging wellbeing workshops in each of these areas. FIND OUT MORE HERE! A great way to heighten awareness of the importance of wellbeing, wherever staff are working!
Why Workplace Wellbeing is at the Heart of What we do
Workplace Wellbeing has been at the heart of Tonic’s activities for over 17 years. In a ‘non-COVID world,’ our programmes would be a combination of our onsite employee health-checks, workshops, one to one coaching sessions, lifestyle assessments and fun group events all centred about improving your physical & mental wellbeing. As our practitioners are unable to visit your workplace in person (for a few more weeks at least), our priority is to be able to continue to offer you the tools, support, and guidance to ensure you continue to monitor and manage your health and wellbeing wherever you are.
Our workplace wellbeing app offers unlimited access to a library of health, wellbeing and lifestyle guidance and support. We know that supporting engagement consistently leads to a more productive, healthier and resilient workforce. Therefore, our unique and innovative approach utilises intuitive digital technology, blended with personalised on-site services delivered by the Tonic team.
Get in touch with us today or visit our website to find out more. Let us help make wellbeing in your workplace a priority, every time!