Wellbeing at Work is as vital a component of of the work-space as HR, health & Safety, managing budgets, and so on. Pressure on the job so often leads to anxiety, and rather than view this as a threat, why don’t we just understand it for what it is and use that understanding to our advantage.
Anxiety is the feeling that arises when we react to perceived threats. These might be pressure at work, a micro-managing line manager (not good), a demanding customer, things taking too long, un-supportive co-workers, and so on. Some of us experience it daily and intensely,others, not so much, but its usually there.
Anxiety is actually a normal and healthy human emotion that can propel us into action. (Eckhart Tolle) However, the problem is when it can get out of control and become destructive, taking away our quality of life, and having a negative impact on our performance.
World renowned author and teacher Eckhart Tolle has a very useful way of understanding what anxiety is and how to deal with it when it arises; He has recently published an article on The Power of ideas website revealing his “Ultimate Strategy to Deal With Anxiety and Depression”
Its a three-minute read that might get you thinking about well-being in the work-space, and turning anxiety into something positive.
“Wellbeing at Work” is as vital a component of the work-space as HR, health & Safety, financial management, time management, the list goes on. And its a serious business too. Did you know that even Bournemouth Council has a Wellbeing Board with committee members made up of Councillors from local councils, Doctors from the Clinical Care Commissioning Group, The NHS, etc.
Welfare and Wellness is increasingly becoming part of the Health & Safety landscape, and there are many resources available online in support of this.
Help from other members:
- Richard Winterbourne of Addiction Behavioural Therapies consults in regaining control of behaviours and addictions, themselves a source of anxiety and depression.
- Peter Gibb of Safenett, has experience in many industries, is able to tease out why people continue behaving in the way that they do, and recommend courses of action to reduce mistakes in the workplace, and increase effectiveness and productivity.
As this is such an important aspect of successful business and management we are going to be adding more Wellbeing@Work resources for members to use and share.
About the Author
I am a partner in a Dorset based professional practice providing business clients with information, advice, guidance, support & resources to drive business and managerial improvement & development. I am retained by a number of MBs and SMEs to help them improve their systems and processes taking advantage of and combining best practice management techniques and how to adopt technologies to help them develop and grow.
As well as being a member of several professional bodies and networks I’m proud to be a member of and serve on the regional board of the Chartered Management Institute where I am the lead on coaching and mentoring.
I’m always up for an exploratory coffee if you want to discuss anything to do with management, business growth marketing or networking (or motorbikes and huskies)