Health & Wellbeing is a topic that comes up a lot. Whether we want to admit it or not, we may look happy at work, but are we really? And is it because of the stress or our co-workers? Or is it the nature of the work that we do and the expectations that come along with it as Executive/Personal Assistants?
We all know that any job can be highly stressful. What makes the difference? The quality of the workplace culture, leadership and workload demands.
A lot of us find it hard to adapt to change. Then we get stressed out while trying to maintain a high level of performance. A great strategy to prevent this is creating a culture of mindfulness and resilience. But employee involvement is crucial to this strategy in order to successfully deal with stress and psychosocial risks in the workplace.
Here are four reasons why Assistants should start improving organisational health and wellbeing:
1. Raise Awareness
Assistants can make a difference and play a significant role in promoting healthier workplaces and support their executives in making decisions that create a healthy psychosocial environment. Some assistants can build bridges between upper management and operational employees. As good leaders, assistants can act as role models to inspire workers and motivate them to reach their potential. They can foster team spirit and high morale and get the best from their teams. If you work in an environment where you can raise awareness in the workplace, talk to your executive/managers and get the ball rolling by raising the issue and initiate change.
2. Fight against stress
Many employees are working in a constant state of stress. It can destroy people’s mental and physical health. Living with too much stress causes our nervous system to be in a state of flight or fight. Assistants can create Mindfulness Movements and encourage colleagues to have moments of detox at work. Breathing exercises are relaxing and can reduce stress. Start researching simple ways of how to fight against stress. You may have learnt some of breathing techniques at a yoga class, so why not share those with others around you who you know are stressing out!!
Green tea anyone??
3. Employee Engagement
When employees are working in a healthy environment employees have high job satisfaction and are challenged and motivated to fulfil their potential.
You can contribute to high job satisfaction and employee engagement by creating internal networks. As I well know with MEAG (and maybe you do too), networks are an excellent arena for training, sharing and learning, increasing organisational understanding, involvement in decision-making, distribution of work, enhancing of collaboration, and communication improvement.
Engagement improves the quality of work and health. So get people together and start working as a TEAM.
4. Take Leadership
If companies are truly committed to making their employees happier and healthier, it is crucial that the movement to do so is supported by the top management.
Many of you are members of executive and management teams and are in a position of influence. We are leaders without the official title; we lead by our behavior. Don’t wait for people to tell you that organisational health and is important and add value to workplaces. Start now and help make a difference!
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” John Quincy Adams