Taking your stress out on someone else at work?
Healthy relationships are so very important, but sometimes we as a species can find such valued bonds difficult to maintain under increased stress and pressures.
Interpersonal relationships in particular are well worth nurturing. Sometimes they can be the only shining light in an otherwise dreary and mundane career. However, due to the recent pandemic, we were forced to adapt to new ways of working, including the adoption of technologies that, while still keeping us in contact, seemed to stifle that sense of human connection we’d built with our work friends.
To their credit, many employers did try new wellbeing initiatives to help support us, but it's hard to deny that there’s been a significant impact on our work due to these unprecedented changes.
The scientific evidence establishes the importance of interpersonal relationships in supporting mental health. Whether that’s at home, school or at work. Proven links include; lower rates of anxiety and depression, higher self-esteem, greater empathy, and more trusting and cooperative relationships.
According to MI Blues Perspective in their study on relationships in the workspace, ‘If you want more productive and engaged employees, it might be worth thinking about ways to foster a more socially connected environment.’
Even though this study is aimed at your employer, the stats are there to show you just how important having positive working relationships can be. Some of the benefits they’ve shared are;
■ You are seven times more likely to be engaged in your work
■ You better engage with customers
■ You are less likely to get injured on the job
■ You’ll find you have increased productivity
■ You’ll have a stronger bond with the company you work for
■ An increase in recognition of work
■ Quality of work increases
As stated above, the pandemic has created an ever-flowing change in how we work. All companies have adapted differently to hybrid working and so now it’s even harder to feel connected to those that we would usually spend our time with.
This disconnect has had negative mental impacts on the “Bestie Benefits” mentioned above, which in turn has affected our engagement and productivity in a working environment.
Though working from home does come with its benefits (more time with pets and family, and working in our comfiest attire the most obvious ones), we know you still need more out of your working day.
We know that you need something to bring you back into focus on yourself to awaken that spark of energy in you again. And from that spark, a roaring enthusiasm you can share with others.
When you exercise, your body gets busy releasing endorphins. These are your body's natural opioids: the feel-good hormones. As a result of these hormones, you’ll feel happier after exercise, even after a single session. The effect of your exercise is long-lasting and is associated with more positive mental health, resulting in improved social engagement, even into the next day, allowing you to maintain those ever-important connections.
The benefits of exercise are well documented. Getting the blood pumping sends oxygen to the brain, improving our focus and problem-solving skills. With this increased awareness, our social interactions improve immensely, giving us the ability to engage with more enthusiasm, manage stress and conflict with a steady mind, be open to feedback and offer a more genuine connection.
If you’re feeling unmotivated, stressed, less productive, are experiencing increased social isolation and are struggling to collaborate with your colleagues in a positive and engaging way, then June365 can support you to boost your motivation and mental firepower at work.
Starting from just 11 minutes a day with a snack workout, you can feel the benefit of the boost of oxygen to your brain helping your mood improve, cognitive function increase and daily personal interactions with your fellow colleagues prosper.
Better yet, June365 is provided as a benefit from your employer. You’ll be supported to prioritise your health from the comfort of home and at work, feel more successful and productive every day you workout.
Your line manager or company boss will only know about the secret weapon of success at work you’ve found if you tell them. Get them on board and help educate them on why strength based resistance training with June can improve your productivity, performance and collaboration at work - as well as your physical health. You can tell them here.