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Wellness in the Work Place - How to Increase your Productivity

Our Talent Acquisition Specialist, based in our Sydney office blogs on what they've been doing to improve their health and well-being.

A number of Australian and International recent studies show that workers health and well-being is closely linked to productivity.  It is evident that keeping your employees fit, healthy and happy is crucial in today's corporate environment. In light of this, our Sydney office invited Team Evolution and The PT Space - a nutrition, fitness and lifestyle coaching company to advise our employees on healthy living and well-being. 

Over 25 of us attended their Lunch and Learn Workshop. This involved their team bringing in a very healthy and might I add rather tasty lunch!  As we ate our delicious slow cooked lamb, quinoa and drank our super green smoothies, we had the opportunity to listen to and ask questions about what we should be and perhaps more importantly, shouldn't be eating and drinking.  

I took away these 5 key points from the session: 

1. Preparation -  'By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail...'

Preparing your food for the week ahead does admittedly take time but will save you from grabbing a quick unhealthy snack when the pressure is on and the day runs away with you. After all, you wouldn't turn up to a job interview without preparing so why come to work without preparing the fuel that can help you perform to the best of your ability.

2. Flexibility 

This often depends on your employer. Luckily at Morgan McKinley we recognise the importance of a work /life balance and are encouraged to use our lunch hours wisely by simply enjoying some fresh Sydney air and sunshine, regular breaks, a walk or run at lunchtime or going to the gym. When you are looking to join a new company don't be afraid to ask the question around flexibility in the workplace - it's an important factor to consider.

3. Consistency

On a personal level, it's fair to say I have tried every diet under the sun. In the past, one week I would be super healthy and in the gym every day, next I am off the carbs, with the following week out for dinner every night eating whatever I want! Consistency is one of the keys to success in the workplace so perhaps have a think about how you are going to realistically make the time to focus on your health and well-being.  

4. Speak to an expert   

We pride ourselves on being experts in recruitment. We consult with job seekers and clients and we aim to give the best advice about the industry and our specialist market. With constant contradictory information in the media on what to eat and how to train, then surely it's best to be educated by a specialist who is passionate on the subject matter? 

5. Small gradual changes 

Sometimes the smallest change equals the biggest benefit. Whether it's reducing your sugar intake, drinking more water or simply getting more active, give yourself a realistic goal and stick to it. If you slip up, don't beat yourself up, just get back on track as soon as you can.

So, if you feel that you have over indulged this Easter weekend on the chocolate eggs and you're sitting at your desk not feeling as productive as you could be, perhaps ask yourself, 'What small change am I going to make today?' It could just be the answer to increasing your productivity.

Thank you to Team Evolution and the PT Space for spending their time on educating our team and here's to a productive year ahead! 

  • Apr 22, 2014
  • Careers , Culture
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