In the workplace, health and wellbeing can be routinely overlooked. It is often seen as a necessary sacrifice so that targets can be met, productivity can be raised and money can be made. This is a gross misconception and the pressures of a successful career do not automatically exclude a healthy lifestyle. Almost 10.5 million working days are lost in Britain due to work-related stress every year. With a shift in attitude from employers and employees alike, this statistic can be remedied. Want to know how?
An employee’s diet contributes massively to the state of their health. The ‘drive-through’ temptation for those visiting clients on the road is as alluring as the constant temptation that birthdays, charity events and even Fridays present for the office bound. Drinking plenty of water and eating natural foods, as well as a little bit of weekly meal planning, can go a long way.
It can be hard to find motivation to exercise around a demanding work schedule. However, exercising regularly can seriously help your work life. Serotonin release curbs feelings of anxiety, helping to reduce work stress. Exercise strengthens the immune system - sick days will grow infrequent as your productivity climbs. Office yoga and sports clubs are some of the initiatives implemented by employers who recognise the importance of employee fitness. Subsidised gym membership is also a choice benefit offered by modern employers, including Pareto.
An ergonomic working environment
One of the most overlooked workplace injury sites is the office itself. Most ergonomic-related injuries are sustained over a long period of time. Posture, force and frequency are three integral factors to consider at any workstation. Ensure that your eye to monitor level is central during days of sifting through emails from clients. Cold calling day? To prevent straining, make sure that the telephone and writing materials are easily accessible.
A company’s culture can be a disquieting factor in the minds of some employees. If an employee’s personality does not complement that culture, they can become unsettled. Someone who thrives in a bustling office environment may feel isolated in a field sales role, to the point where it becomes detrimental to their wellbeing. It is paramount that there is a dialogue between employers and prospective employees centred on the candidate’s character; and whether it fits with the company’s.
As far as employee benefits go, flexible working practice remains one of the most popular.
For the modern sales professional, possessing control of your own timetable is a gift and a curse. However, as long as you don’t abuse the freedom you enjoy in setting your daily schedule, it can be hugely beneficial to your health. Whether it’s a small personal errand or a short mental digression from your working day, the control that you enjoy will reduce stress significantly.
Business opportunities can be grasped or relinquished in a matter of minutes. From an employer’s perspective, having employees who can work from anywhere at any time is a distinct advantage.
Hitting targets – your money or your life
The pressure that comes with hitting targets and the fear of failing to do so can significantly impact an employee’s state of mind. You’ve seen them in internal sales meetings, the bolshie colleague that mounts a defensive justification, or the resigned one that meekly accepts their failure to hit their targets. With the threat of losing clients constantly lurking, ensure that spotting new business remains a priority. In this way, if one of your clients drops, the attendant pressure will evaporate if you maintain a healthy pipeline.
By Pareto Law, Sales Recruitment, Training & Development Experts