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- Nap for success this World Wellbeing Week!
After a nap Do you feel you are not as productive as you could be during the day? Do you struggle to focus and complete tasks efficiently? Do you feel your breaks are not as energising as you would like them to be? If so, it might be time to consider taking a nap. Yes, you read that right - a nap The future of work includes napping Despite the stigma surrounding napping, research has shown that taking a quick snooze can have numerous benefits for both mental and physical health. In the United Kingdom, napping has gained popularity in recent years, with many individuals recognising its value in improving productivity and reducing stress. According to a study conducted, 80% of millennials admitted to taking naps at work and reported they felt more alert and focused afterwards. A study by the University of London has found that the brains of people who nap often were 5 cubic centimetres larger. This is the equivalent to delaying ageing in the brain by around three to six years! So why do so many people still view napping as a sign of laziness or unproductivity? One reason could be the cultural emphasis on constant productivity and overworking. Many individuals feel guilty about taking a break during the workday, even if it means they will be more productive and in a better mood afterwards. Naps are great for our wellbeing Naps are great for our mental wellbeing, they also improve our mood, and physical health. They boost energy, speed up decision-making processes, and lessen daytime fatigue. They ease tension and aid in mood regulation, lowering anxiety and depressive symptoms while promoting relaxation. They improve abilities to solve problems, work efficiently, innovatively, and a multitude of other cognitive functions. At Rest Space, we empathise with those who have come to realise that pushing through the day is not the path to success. The problem is that 88% of people have told us they have nowhere to rest at work. Rest is not just a personal necessity but a fundamental component of success. Creating a space to rest at work A private and comfortable environment is needed for individuals to take a nap or engage in mindfulness practises during the workday. By offering a physical space for rest and rejuvenation, Rest Space is working to combat the mental barriers that prevent people from prioritising their health and well-being. Creating a culture of rest at work Alongside this, we help organisations embrace a new paradigm—one that prioritises well-being and nurtures productivity through our engagement program. Providing resources and guidance on the importance of sleep and rest. Helping educate individuals on the benefits of napping and helping them prioritise rest in their daily routines, Rest Space is working to create a culture that values not only productivity but also self-care and mental health. So the next time you find yourself feeling tired and unproductive, don't hesitate to take a nap in a rest space. Your body and mind will thank you for it. And if you want your teams to have an extra tool to take care of their wellbeing, get in touch.
- The Well-being Chronicles: Integrating Well-being into the Way We Work
In today's fast-paced and demanding work environments, the importance of employee well-being cannot be overstated. Recognising this, companies are increasingly understanding that well-being should be an integral part of their organisational culture and performance. In our recent event on supporting the well-being pillars - Mental, physical, social, and financial—our guest speakers, Caitlin Rozario, co-founder of Interlude, and Will Turner, CEO and co-founder of GOJOE, shed light on the significance of integrating well-being into the way we work. They shared their observations, experiences, and insights, revealing the transformative power of prioritising well-being for both individuals and organisations. The Tangled Web of Well-Being: Caitlin and Will delved into the challenges faced by many companies when attempting to promote well-being initiatives. They noted that despite investing in various programmes, organisations often struggle with low engagement and participation. It became clear that scattered resources and poor communication played a significant role in hindering the success of these initiatives. Companies introduced some great initiatives, but employees didn’t know about them or weren’t in a position to make the most of them. “I worked at another company where we had a golden time. It was like 10% of your time should be used doing personal upskilling, but then it was an agency and there was so much work and they just kept bringing more clients in, that everyone was like, "Golden time”. And it became a net negative because everyone was like, "Oh, we have a golden time”.” ..Caitlin Rozario One of the crucial points Caitlin and Will stressed was the need for companies to recognise the interconnected nature of well-being and overall performance. Well-being should not be seen as a separate entity but rather as an integral part of employees' work lives. By neglecting well-being, organisations risk undermining productivity, motivation, and employee satisfaction. A Tale of Two Approaches: Let me share a short story about two contrasting organisations to highlight the impact of their well-being practices. Company X, lacking a holistic approach, offered a few well-being programmes scattered across different departments, these inititives didn't have a dedicated lead. While the intention was noble, employees found it challenging to navigate and engage with these resources due to poor communication. Feedback about the inititives wasn't actioned because there was no capacity to improve them. As a result less than 5% of the organisation accesses the offering. In contrast, Company Y took a different path. They recognised the need for easy access to well-being resources, and created a dedicated well-being team and portal, bringing leadership on board to be the advocates and early adopters. The portal became the heart of the organisation's well-being activity. Maintained by dedicated full time wellbeing leads, supported by leadership and internal comms. They were able to support the different business needs and help evolve the offering to one that really made a difference to peoples lives. The result? Higher engagement, happier people, and a more positive work culture! How can you unlock the secrets to successfully integrating well-being into your workplace culture? “Everyone knows you're in a bit of a rut, and then you go to the gym, for a run, or do whatever you want to do for a week or two, you suddenly feel great, it's just how do you sustain it?” ...Will Turner Leadership support and role modeling Firstly, cultivate leadership support. Leaders must champion well-being initiatives and emphasise their importance to create a culture that prioritises employee well-being from top to bottom. Communication is vital Secondly, remember, communication is key. Transparent and effective communication is vital for engaging employees in well-being activities. Clear messaging, regular updates, and encouraging participation can foster a sense of connection and motivation. Easy to access In addition, establishing an easy to access well-being portal, like Company B, can streamline access to resources, making it easier for employees to explore and engage with well-being programmes. Taking away the difficulty of discovery and access. Consider a seasonal approach Lastly, consider a seasonal approach. Recognise that your employees go through different experiences based on the seasons and business cycles. At the end and beginning of the year, things are spinning up, and people are overwhelmed with the amount of work going on. Caitlyn and Will highlighted how having flexible offerings that cater to seasonal and business cycles can help employees tap into what they need when they need it. What types of things might you include in your well-being offering? Now you have some ideas on how to make your well-being offering successful. What might be part of your offering? Therapy Therapy is one of the best things a company can offer for employees to use how and when they want to. ‘Therapy is one of the best things a company can offer - it can have such a positive impact’ Breaks Encourage employees to take regular breaks to support their mental and physical well-being. Through interlude, Caitlyn has seen how breaks transform team connection and wellbeing. Breaks suited to your mood and what you might need that day are powerful. This could be workouts, yoga, stretching, mindfulness, meditation, breath work, affirmations, writing, art, and cooking. Social physical challenges Team based activity challenges can motivate employees to be more active. Through GOJOE, Will has seen people improve their consistency and be able to push themselves more than compared to similar activities on their own. The social element is very fundamental to who we are as humans. Calm spaces Spaces that help employees reduce stress, recharge and reflect are needed in the working environment. Spaces that offer privacy within the workplace that are designed for relaxation and rejuvenation where employees can retreat and recharge. This will be welcomed by all employees but can transform the day for neurodiverse employees or anyone experiencing increased pressures at work or at home. Promote a culture of well-being that values mental health by integrating rest sessions. The narrative shared by Caitlin and Will underscores the transformative power of integrating well-being into the way we work. Take care of your employees well-being, and they will take care of your company. By recognising the impact of well-being on employee performance and creating an environment that supports holistic well-being, organisations empower their employees to bring their best to work. Effective communication strategies and easy-to-access resources are needed for employees to make the most of what's on offer. We should all be working towards a happier, healthier workforce.
- How to Measure Workplace Wellbeing and Use Data for Positive Change
‘What is measured gets done!’ - Peter Drucker Workplace well-being has become an increasingly important aspect of creating a healthy and productive work environment. At our recent meet-up one audience member, Alex, shared their experience that improving employees' well-being can also improve their performance. Keep reading to see what we discussed on how to measure workplace wellbeing for positive change! "Helping people improve their well-being helps them perform better. Helping improve their performance improves their well-being" A growing body of research suggests that employee well-being is linked to productivity, engagement, and job satisfaction.This is vital to helping companies better understand the needs of their workforce and design interventions that support their well-being. We welcomed Ivor Colson co-founder of OMNIFIA, of Omifia and Dr Sridevi Kalidindi clinical psychiatrist and founder of Klip at our Measuring Workplace Well-being event. Both speakers shared a common belief that 'what gets tracked gets cracked,' implying that by measuring and monitoring workplace well-being, organisations are better equipped to take action and improve the health and productivity of their workforce. Ivor expressed that it would be great to shift well-being from being the individual's responsibility and ambition to one shared with organisation and supported by policy. It’s in everyone's interest to have healthier and happier people. "Work is intertwined with well-being." - Ivor Colson Why is it important to measure workplace wellbeing? Measuring workplace well-being is important for several reasons: It helps organisations understand the needs of their workforce: By measuring employee well-being, organisations can identify areas where their employees may be struggling and design interventions that can support them. If an employee is experiencing high levels of stress at work, the organisation can implement interventions to help them. It can improve productivity: Research shows that when employees are happy and healthy, they are more productive. Measuring employee well-being can help organisations identify areas where they can support their employees and improve their productivity. It can improve employee retention: When employees feel valued and supported, they are more likely to stay with an organisation. By measuring employee well-being and designing interventions to support their well-being, organisations can improve employee retention. Wellbeing is cited as a top priority for Gen Z employees, with 83 per cent saying it’s on a par with salary. What type of measures can you collect? There are several measures that organisations can collect to assess employee well-being. Measures that most of us get can start with today include Absenteeism: How often employees are absent from work due to illness or other reasons. Turnover: The rate at which employees leave the organisation. Presenteeism: The extent to which employees are present at work but not fully productive. Job satisfaction: How satisfied employees are with their job and the organisation. Measures that will take more time to implement and understand are Ivor mentioned that using surveys to measure workplace well-being has its challenges, one being that it only captures that one moment in time. A survey response in the morning could differ drastically to how they would answer in the afternoon. The key risk to surveys are that those who are most disengaged are often the ones who do not respond, leading to an unreliable picture. Burnout is a complex phenomenon that can be difficult to measure and diagnose, as it involves a combination of emotional exhaustion, depersonalisation, and reduced personal accomplishment. Many of the measures used to assess burnout rely on self-reported data, which may not always be reliable or accurate. Work-life balance is influenced by a range of factors, including workload, job demands, and personal circumstances. It can be difficult to get an accurate picture of an individual's work-life balance through surveys or other quantitative measures alone, as individuals may be reluctant to share personal information or may not be aware of their own work-life balance. Social connectedness involves subjective experiences such as feelings of belonging, social support, and social integration. It can be difficult to get an accurate and reliable picture of an individual's social connectedness through surveys or other quantitative measures alone, as individuals may not be aware of their own social connectedness or may not be willing to share personal information. Physical health also involves collecting physical health data that requires specialised equipment or expertise to collect and understand. It is often met with hesitation from the individual to volunteer this data to their organisations. Tips on how to use these measures for positive change and how to avoid negative actions It's important for organisations to use employee well-being measures in a positive way that benefits their employees and the organisation as a whole. Here are some tips on how to do this: Use data analysis for improvement: Analysing employee well-being data can identify areas of struggle and support interventions. Focus on finding the root cause rather than patching symptoms. Involve employees in the process: It's important to involve employees in the design and implementation of well-being interventions. This can help to ensure that the interventions are effective and well-received. Communicate the purpose of the data: It's important to communicate to employees why the organisation is collecting well-being data and how it will be used. This can help to build trust and encourage employees to be honest in their responses. Protect employee privacy: It's important to ensure that employee data is anonymised and protected to avoid negative actions such as discrimination or retaliation. Avoid one size fits all: Keep in mind that not all employees will respond to the same interventions. Use the data to identify which interventions would be most effective given context. People's experiences that contributed to the data pool will all be different. Use the data to create a positive work environment: By using employee well-being data to design interventions that support their well-being, organisations can create a positive work environment that benefits both employees and the organisation. Track progress: Continue to collect data and track progress over time. Whatever you measure it is the trend of the data that matters more than the actual numbers. Are you improving? Measuring employee well-being is an important step towards creating a healthy and productive work environment. By collecting and using well-being data in a positive way, organisations can support their employees and improve their productivity, engagement, and job satisfaction. What is the overall goal? "Wouldn’t it be great if work was a place you came to get healthier?" - Dr Sridevi Kalidindi Most importantly, is the data there to help us achieve our goals? What are your organisation's goals? How are you getting there? As summed up by Dr. Sridevi Kalidindi, - We want to achieve a point where, for staff, organisations and society, we get to a point where the evidence and practice are good enough so we are protecting our people and keeping them well. Join us at our next event and explore how you can improve workplace well-being in your organisation!
- Rest Space - Napping pods for people who power our cities
Energised workforce Our Mission... Rest Space is building a future that empowers people to be more productive, focused and creative, especially in the moments that matter most. Order Now Find Out More The [Rest Space] SMART PERSONAL CLEAN Our customers know there is a better way to be productive and grow their mental wealth. After years of struggling to find a place to recharge in the workplace, we decided to create a space of privacy and tranquillity. A place to rest, breathe, and unwind. At Rest Space, we have created the perfect nap pod. With every detail meticulously crafted to enhance your rest. The Everest [Rest Space] Stacked Price: £21,875.00 Features: Anti-microbial Private Sound Reducing Order Now The Everest [Rest Space] Price: £10,937.50 Features: Anti-microbial Private Sound Reducing Order Now Marcel Fowler An amazing and rejuvenating experience An amazing and rejuvenating experience, the rest space team have managed to create a real sanctuary within an office. Show more Elvis León This sleeping pod saved my life This sleeping pod saved my life. Thank you for creating a space to rest and reenergize. Show more Manuel Martínez So happy to be able to take a break… So happy to be able to take a break without people judging me for it! I've always found that I'm most productive after a quick nap so having a restspace in the office has been a game changer. Show more Marcel Fowler An amazing and rejuvenating experience An amazing and rejuvenating experience, the rest space team have managed to create a real sanctuary within an office. Show more Elvis León This sleeping pod saved my life This sleeping pod saved my life. Thank you for creating a space to rest and reenergize. Show more Mirella Koleva Great place for a recharge! I was so happy when I found out we were getting a rest space in the office! It instantly made me more relaxed to know that I could always have a lie-down if I felt a bit worn out at any point during the day. The rest space was very convenient and easy to use: it has a handy shoe compartment underneath and a shelf inside where you can leave your phone and bag. It locks from the inside securely. The bed is clean, hygienic and comfortable. I very much enjoyed having some down time in the rest space. The only thing I regret is that I didn't book it for longer! Show more Tom Dowler Game changer for the office! As a notorious nap pod sceptic, I was surprised by just how comfortable Rest Spaces are. It's safe to say it completely changed my mind on the topic - its carefully thought out design allowing me to get a proper rest in before I continued to work hard in the afternoons. Quality design accompanied by a very impressive sleep consultation, ironing out some issue's I've had for years. Game changer for the office! Show more Manuel Martínez So happy to be able to take a break… So happy to be able to take a break without people judging me for it! I've always found that I'm most productive after a quick nap so having a restspace in the office has been a game changer. Show more Get a 60 day free trial for your workplace Order Now Find Out More