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Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Curing your Office of SAD

It is that time of year again, the skies are grey, it is dark for longer than it is light, it is raining every day and the sun doesn’t look like it is returning any time soon.

 

One look into your office will show you how the weather outside is affecting your staff or colleagues, their wellbeing, general outlook and performance at work.

 

Studies have shown that the UK is a hotbed for SAD sufferers. SAD is a form of depression caused by changes in the weather and many people believe the link is between a lack of sunlight and how happy we feel.

 

So when living in the UK how do you keep your office upbeat and happy all year around?

Running Man Stress Ball

Redecorate

 

It’s never a bad time to give your office a lick of colour. Take everything out of your office one day and have your team help you choose and paint the office together, it can be a great teambuilding exercise as well as adding life and soul to an ordinarily white room with white tiles and bright lights.

 

Change the Lights

 

Whilst office lighting can be some of the brightest in the world, it can create an almost clinical feel in the room. Mix up the lights with yellows, day light bulbs and different coloured bulbs that can be used to create more natural, or more relaxing lighting in the room. Lowering the intensity of lightbulbs can have a positive effect on those who suffer with migraines, whilst coloured lights can be used to alter even the lowest of moods.

 

Decorate

Have your staff bring in photos of their families, pictures of their favourite holiday destinations or even their favourite band posters – fill the room with positive images and memories so when work does get too much and you can no longer stare at the screen, your other option isn’t a plain white wall.

 

Invest in a Good Music System

 

Music can be a great tool in cheering up your team. There are certain songs we just can’t listen to without wanting to get up and dance with a huge smile on our faces. Choose a good playlist for the office that can be changed through the day, upbeat for the mornings, relaxing to get work done and upbeat again for the countdown to the end of the day.

 

Treat them to Coffee

 

Words cannot describe how nice it is to arrive at work to a delicious cup of frothy coffee instead of stirring some powered milk and powdered coffee into a mug with hot water. It is a small investment for most companies and can greatly increase both the productivity of your staff first thing in the morning, as well as letting them know you are thinking of them after their commute.

 

Buy Games

 

Some offices, such as Google, have been made famous around the world with their tales of nap rooms, game rooms, ball ponds and even giant play parks and many of the staff agree they are some of the best places in the world. Sometimes in a long meeting that is going nowhere or on a day with slow production you know your staff are simply struggling – next time, instead of powering through, take a break, make a cuppa and play a game of twister or buckaroo with your team to help break the ice, get everyone smiling and refresh them for tackling the board room once more.

 

However your office functions, it is essential to keep your staff happy and on form – they will recognise the efforts you have made and the de stressing tools will encourage them to work harder for your company and with a smile on their face – all year round. Visit our online site to see our full range of stress combating squeeze balls

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Monday, January 5th, 2015

Keeping your Staff Happy

Happy staff makes for a happy office, and a happy office makes for a happy company.

 

When running your own company, it can be difficult to look past your own stresses, both business and personal, let alone to think of your staff, no matter how much or how little contact you have with them.

 

Mental health and stress related illnesses have higher numbers in the UK than in the majority of Europe and for many people it can be prevented before it starts with a few simple changes.

Keeping Staff Happy

Many people have stress in their home life, before they even come in to work – and whilst it isn’t your responsibility as an employer, it can really help your company to try to eliminate the chances of having stresses at work. The less stress someone has when they walk into an office, the quicker they can clear their mind and begin work for the day – and the less likely they will be to become distracted, trying to decrease their stress levels throughout the day.

 

Adapting your office to become less stressful can have an immeasurable impact on your company and how it runs, as well as how committed your staff are to a company who helped them so greatly. A couple of very minimal changes can make all the difference.

 

Buy New Kitchen Appliances

 

Everyone loves delicious coffee, no one enjoys paying £3 a day in Starbucks for one. Keep your staff happy (and stop them turning up late to the office) with a coffee machine that is actually worth investing in. Starting the day with a delicious coffee will not only increase the immediate production, the endorphins released will help keep your staff happier.

 

Invest in a blender and provide fresh fruit and vegetables. Soft drinks such as Cola or Sprite can have a negative impact on the brain and result in chemical imbalances. The artificial sugars and flavours can have an immediate positive effect on endorphins and production, however the sugar crash that comes after put the drinker in a worse position than before the drink – over use of the product can even cause long term health problems.

 

Leave recipes and provide products such as chia or kale to help encourage a healthier and happier brain for your staff – keeping the staff healthy will also lessen the chances of them becoming sick throughout the year!

 

Offer a Wellbeing Coach or Gym Membership

 

Wellbeing coaches can be a costly investment, however the impact on your company can be immeasurable. If providing a wellbeing coach is out of your budget let your staff know you can offer discounts or help if they decide to go for some form of counselling off their own backs. This could help encourage those who need it to opt for it, knowing it won’t cost the earth.

 

Exercising is probably the best de-stressing tool. The natural endorphins released when a person exercises are both stronger and last longer than those in vices, such as chocolate or red wine. Offering a gym membership for your staff will help keep them both happy and healthy. If it is outside of your budget, why not create an office football or rugby team, where once a week the team can work out together – it will also strengthen your team.

 

Create a Fun Office Environment

 

Google is often praised for being great employers, and many people believe it is down to how they run their offices. Things like ball ponds, slides, lounge areas and libraries can make huge difference to how your staff view their office and how comfortable they are.

 

If you are in a position to, create a “lounge area” where you can provide a TV, a bed or comfortable sofa, bean bags, books and music. This can give your staff an area to wind down, alone in the office – we all know that sometimes outside factors stop us from working and rather than staring at a screen becoming frustrated, it can be the perfect tool to get back on track.

 

Stress balls, soft toys, bright posters and music playing can all provide your staff with visual and physical pleasures to release stress and encourage happiness within your office. – The happier your staff are, the more they want to work!

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