You may be attending a lot of holiday parties this season, hosting a party, or your office may celebrate with festive treats. With all that extra joy, there may also be a little extra stress. An already over-stressed workplace can be even more hectic, with employees taking time off to be with their families, increasing the workloads for those left holding down the fort.
Here are some tips to help get you and your employees get through the holidays with good health, good morale, and encourage them to look forward to working for you in the New Year.
1. Schedule Your Exercise or Wellness Breaks at Work
Your schedule will be very hectic this holiday season. Schedule your workouts just as you would any other appointment. Or Incorporate wellness breaks to give employees a chance to refocus, such as a walk outside or quick team yoga session. Work out at your desk! Try shoulder shrugs, arm swings and knee raises.
2. Swap Out the Sweets for a Spa Gift Card (YES Please!)
Edible gifts are popular, such as wine and chocolate, fruit displays, and baked goods. Passes to area gyms or health clubs may be attractive to health-conscious individuals. Gift cards can be purchased to sporting goods shops, spas, produce markets, health food stores, and various other places that encourage health. If your company gives wine as gift, opt for a spa gift card.
3. Just Say No
You probably aren’t aware how much extra food you consume just from people offering it to you. If you shop well for yourself, and stock your kitchen with healthy food options and snacks you’ll be prepared when that 3 o’clock sugarplum fairy comes knocking.
Keep your water bottle with you at all times. You should be drinking eight, 8-oz glasses of water each day. One handy trick is to buy a 64 ounce water bottle. Fill it up in the morning and know that you need to finish it by the end of the day.
5. Team Work
Santa’s elves work as team to keep the morale high and productivity up! Motivate employees to work together as a team to share the workload and avoid some employees taking on too much extra work when others take time off.
Keep in mind that health is about body, mind and spirit. Incorporate advice about how to relieve stress, keeping a positive work/life balance, getting enough sleep, laughing and bonding with coworkers. The key is to go into the holidays with a plan!
These tips were gathered from numerous sources, along with tips from SMDC Staff:
To learn how you can incorporate a Workplace Wellness plan into your office, attend the Workplace Wellness Interactive Exchange this Wednesday, Dec. 13th from 7:30 – 9:00 am. More information HERE