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5 tips to build workplace resilience.

 

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While Covid-19 has emphasised the importance of mental health and well-being at work, it is an area that should be held as a priority at all times and reviewed regularly.
 
At Bright Purple we are now in a position more than ever  to ensure we have a focused wellness campaign. Whether your workplace is dealing with current issues such as home-working and furloughed staff, or with increased worry and anxiety within your team, it is important that we all acknowledge and address these issues as employers and provide an appropriate platform to discuss the uncertainty and anxieties that we all feel from time to time (and perhaps even more so in the last year).  
 
Our head of Health and Wellbeing, Louise Millar, has put together a document with practical tools for both individuals and businesses, for thriving and building resilience in the workforce through times of VUCA (Volatility / Uncertainty / Complexity / Ambiguity). Download it here, or find our Top 5 tips below.
 

5 tips to build workplace resilience:

1: Encourage and reward outdoor activity

There’s nothing better than a bit of Vitamin D, but even in Scotland when the sun isn’t always shining, taking breaks and time outdoors is hugely important for mental health and wellbeing. Why not run a monthly incentive with a prize for whoever does the most steps? Apps like Strava and Fitbit have ways of creating group leader boards for real-time updates on who is taking the lead. The competition is bound to get people moving, and improve their wellbeing while they’re at it!
 

2: Wellbeing Wednesdays

Or Thursdays.. or Fridays!  Whatever day of the week, commit an hour of the week to hosting a wellbeing session for your staff. It could be a yoga or meditation, or perhaps a new wellbeing activity each week. By dedicating time to these activities, you are giving your team time to reflect, breathe and reset.
 

3: Informal Coffee Mornings

Particularly important for those working at home or in isolation, having time to socialise with conversation not about work can be essential. Organise team or 1-1 calls in person or virtually to chat with your team about anything and everything. This can be a good way to build rapport with staff, which may encourage them to feel more open in discussing any anxieties or worries down the line.
 

4: Team Quiz/Games

Everyone loves a pub quiz, and team activities are important for ensuring inclusion and team spirit in the workplace, especially when we’re apart! Organising regular activities such as quizzes and games can boost morale, and may help to provide some comfort to those feeling isolated or lonely.

5. Communicate and be flexible

Particularly in “stay at home” times, it’s more important than ever that employers clearly communicate and offer flexibility for their employees. Make sure you are keeping your team up to date regularly with any changes, and consider flexible working for those dealing with childcare and other considerations.  
 
 
Although these ideas might seem simple, they can go a long way to building resilience and helping teams feel comfortable and confident in times of uncertainty.
 
Our free guide explores further into self-care, mindfulness and better sleeping habits.
 
Here are some other useful links to help support you:
 
Do you have your own ideas on how to build resilience in the workplace? Let us know.
 
 
 
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