Well-being in the Workplace
A key consideration for Woldon as a company is the well-being of its team. The last 12 months have presented new challenges, working largely from home and with different tools and novel modes of communication.
Throughout this time, we have found the importance of supporting our team in new ways, to help manage some of the potential triggers that can negatively impact our mental health.
Make Mindfulness and Exercise a Priority
Meditation is a great way to relieve stress and improve overall health and wellbeing. Studies show that daily practice, for as little as 10 minutes, has the potential to decrease anxiety, boost resilience and improve performance under stress. Similarly, regular exercise helps the brain by improving blood flow, enhancing memory, and producing endorphins that improve sleep and reduce stress. Remote yoga classes, mindfulness and taking breaks to exercise, even briefly, are all ways in which we help to bolster our mental being during the working day.
Create a supportive working environment
Our employees are the most valuable assets to our company, and we focus on developing tools to create a balanced and healthy work environment. Whether it is providing time and space for meditation, or leading with encouragement, we find that creating a supportive environment, reduces stress and boosts overall productivity. McKinsey & Company presented a study that over 41% of adults have suffered with mental health throughout the pandemic, with only 20% of employees reporting to their company. Our HR team work proactively to support the well-being of our team and respond to the difficulties we may face through the current events.
We work to provide a community driven culture at Woldon. Whilst the pandemic has proven that, for most practices, employees can work effectively from home, research suggests that this new set up may have a detrimental impact on our well-being. To help promote a healthy working environment, it is important to maintain the community aspect of work. Online socials and team meetings provide an opportunity to connect and can help to reassure people during this difficult time and importantly remind us that we are a team with shared goals.
A Well-being day
We organised a mid-week well-being day for the Woldon office, when employees were given a chance to step away from their work and were asked not to use their computers for the working day. It was a moment to focus on oneself.
Each Woldon employee received a wellness box supported by Mind Charity. A private online yoga class was organised to help calm the mind, whilst keeping active. Finally, we arranged for everyone to receive a subscription to the Headspace app, which provides access to mindfulness and meditation exercises.
We look forward to continuing to grow as a practice with team well-being at the forefront of our work culture.