Evidence-based reports continue to report that our wellness - physical, mental, and emotional - has a major impact on our ability to be productive and lead in our working environments. More than ever, employers are looking at the clear benefits of offering their team members a variety of structures to support this wellness: flexible work schedules, decision-making freedoms, social supports like fitness groups or wellness challenges, and creating physical environments that promote our wellbeing - think standing desks, in-office meditation classes, and subsidized support professionals (like therapists and coaches!).
Create daily wellness practices and working with your coach to correlate what actions and practices make a significant impact on your ability to be productive and happy across these areas:
Physical, mental, and/or emotional strain can dissolve our focus and make it challenging to communicate and react effectively. What happens when you rest and recharge? Do you experience any shifts in your ability to focus?
While this may seem like a trite emotion - levity or humor is an indicator that we are empowered to reduce significance around minor problems, connect with others, and willing to create solutions. Harvard Business School Review found that laughter not only generates creativity and collaboration but analytic precision and productivity. How does shifting your attention to our wellbeing affect your ability to find levity -- or solutions?
The ability to see both sides of a situation is a direct result of our openness to relating to another person. What impact does wellness have on your ability to empathize or relate to yourself and others?
Direct communication is one of the delicate arts of leadership - clear, succinct, and respectful discussions can be a challenge in the workplace. Passive aggression, resentment, fear, avoidance, and blame are often side effects of an issue in communication and/or our feeling of safety and empowerment that we have around speaking our truth. Inquiry for leader: does adjusting our wellbeing impact this?
Mental, physical, or emotional strain can make it more challenging to connect with others. What do you notice about days in which you complete 100% of your wellbeing actions...vs. 50% vs. 25% v. 0%?