Contributed by Leitz
Summer is coming to an end, holidays are wrapping up and it’s time to get back to work. As the weather cools and the days get shorter, the end of summer signals the start of the autumn blues; that is why it’s so important to strike a good balance between work and leisure this time of year.
66% of full-time employees say they don’t strongly believe they have a work-life balance, which plays a key role in employee wellbeing and should be a top priority for organisations. Allowing for breaks and leisure time is just one side of the equation. Employers should strive to make the workplace a more enjoyable and efficient environment to encourage employees to maximise their effectiveness. Here are three tips your customers can employ to achieve this:
- Make the workplace welcoming
With the days shortening soon and the start of drearier days, no one wants to spend the day inside a dull office, so a bit of colour can go a long way in the workplace. Organisations can use vibrant colours in their offices to brighten the space and boost moods. Studies have shown the profound effects of using colour in the workplace, with blue found to create calming moods, green helping creativity, and bright colours like yellow and orange boosting energy.
If painting the walls is not an option or too bold of a choice, colour can easily be incorporated in the products and supplies used daily. This added touch of personalisation can help employees feel more comfortable during working hours.
- Create designated spaces for work and relaxation
The workday can sometimes feel long and stressful for staff, especially when they don’t stop for a break. One survey found that a third of UK employees never leave their workplace after they arrive in the morning, and more 50% of respondents don’t take their full lunch break. Creating designated spaces for work and relaxation helps employees strike a balance within the workplace. Employers should create designated spaces for work to give employees space to focus on tasks or collaborate in teams, and a separate space to take a step back and unwind. Creating a separate break area allows employees to rest, refresh and recharge in order to power through the workday. This separation can help to minimise stress levels and boost productivity.
- Use time in the office wisely
When break time is over and employees must return to their desks, it is important that they make the most of the time they spend working. This means minimising time-consuming distractions and clutter. Having a tidy and organised desk may sound like a small feat, but it plays a big role in improving workplace wellbeing and work-life balance.
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