If there was one universal learning from lockdown, it would be that we all realised that we took many social interactions for granted, both in our personal lives and at work.⠀ ⠀ Human interaction and a connection with others is at the centre of our equilibrium. Whether that is a smile and a thank you as someone hands us our morning coffee or deep and meaningful conversations over a restaurant dinner table with friends or a lunchtime walk and chat with a trusted colleague. We miss these interactions - however, small and fleeting or deep and meaningful.⠀ ⠀ At HappyMaven we miss the in-person energy of the people we work with, the magic created at our workshops and the non-verbal cues and communication that tell us that we have made a difference to our clients. ⠀ ⠀ So over the past couple of months, we have carved out regular time for virtual coffee and catch-ups with colleagues and with clients. We will never take anything for granted again.⠀ ⠀ What wellbeing lesson have you learned from this strange experience? And what have you been during lockdown that you will hold on to and continue doing? ⠀ ⠀ Tag a colleague or friend who has helped you during this lockdown experience⠀ ⠀ -⠀ #socialdistancing #workculture #workplacewellness #employeewellness #employeeengagement #remoteworking #solutionfocused #thoughtleadership #careergrowth #corevalues #worktips #techcompany #kindness #humanconnections #kindnessalways #teachkindness #kindnessiscool #kindnessiseverything #kindnessgoesalongway #kindnesschallenge
Physical activity can help to centre our mental wellbeing, as well as supporting and maintaining our physical fitness.⠀ ⠀ While working from home, especially in the current circumstances, it may not be as easy as usual to remain physically active. Time for exercise aside, we are just not moving as much as we would if we were going into an office or workplace. ⠀ ⠀ Walking to the printer, popping to the shops for lunch or taking the stairs to see a colleague we were moving without even realising. Now we have to make a conscious effort to move regularly each day.⠀ ⠀ While at home, physical activity can include gardening, taking your dog for a walk, playing with your children or even having a little dance whilst stepping away from your screen!⠀ ⠀ As many companies will make this style of remote working an option for most of us last until the end of the year (and possibly beyond), remembering to move and to look after our nutritional needs is a key pillar to support our mental wellbeing.⠀ ⠀ -⠀ #tuesdaythoughts #chiefhappinessofficer #wellbeingcoach #physicalwellbeing #physicalwellness #wellbeingwarrior #mentalhealthfirstaid #managingstress #healthandwellbeing #instatherapy #mentalhealthawarenessweek #employeeexperience #employeeretention #workplaceculture #businesscontinuity⠀ #wellbeingatwork #changemanagement #remoteworking
Whilst government guidelines state that we should still be working from home if we can, it’s looking increasingly likely that social distancing measures will be in place for longer than expected. To navigate these changes and embrace new working models, HR teams will be vital in maintaining a sense of workplace community and ensuring that employee wellbeing and morale doesn’t diminish as a result. Although every workplace will differ, there are several actions to consider to help teams adjust to the ‘new normal’. Read our 5 tips on the blog: link in the bio - #workplace #office #officework #workplacewellness #workplacewellbeing #workplacewednesday #employeewellness #mentalhealthmonday #employeebenefits #workplacehealth #anxietymanagement #happyemployees #employeeexperience #behaviourchange #optimize #counselling #outcomes #officewellness #workplacesafety #workplaceculture #professionaldevelopment #productivitytips
Over the past couple of weeks I have struggled to articulate my thoughts around the Black Lives Matter movement and the current protests. On one hand the experiences felt so removed from my lived reality and on the other so painfully close and raw that I was back to being the voiceless 10-year old being forced to learn a distorted version of history and the ‘achievements’ of Robert Clive and the East India Company. Reading this measured and considered piece reminds me how nuanced our experiences are and gives me hope for the future. As Jag Bassi says ‘Let’s use the power of outrage constructively to change things’ Tap on the link in the bio to read **Short version** 1) Your heart may have mobilised you, but you have to act with your head. 2) It’s not as simple as colour, it’s way more complex. 3) Understand the complexity, listen, empathise. Don’t shut down conversation. 4) Be ready to change. Don’t be held back by any perceived burden. 5) Walk together, the burden belongs to all of us.