Employee wellbeing is the psychological and physical wellbeing of staff members ensuring employees are happy beyond their job. Something a lot more organisations are now focusing on with their employees health being an important part of the business. CIPD pulled together a health and wellbeing study for 2021, examining how to manage health, stress, causes and how to help. They discovered that more than 80% of organisations were concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on employees’ mental health – something that may have decreased employees’ wellbeing dramatically compared to 2020. Promoting wellbeing can help prevent added stress, reduce sickness absences and create a more positive and engaging work environment.
Here at Searchability we promote employee wellbeing by dedicating this to the third Thursday of every month, also known as – #ThirdThursday. Here’s an insight into some of our sessions:
We were lucky enough to tune into virtual puppy therapy hosted by Paws in Work. Puppies make everyone feel better – who doesn’t love a big bundle of joy! With different stages throughout the day 10am kicked off with playtime and what’s better than seeing pups running round playing! Studies show that there is a drop in blood pressure and reduced cortisol levels by simply observing puppies. Playtime was followed by breathwork, creative hand-writing, flower arrangement and finally puppy sleep, a great way to end the day.
Sleep and Circadian Rhythms
Sleep is one of if not the most important thing in our life. The Mental Health Foundation found that people that didn’t get enough sleep were four times as likely to suffer from lack of concentration; something you need at work! This session incorporated how we sleep, how variables can affect sleep (light exposure, food content) and how to sleep better.
A massage is a practice used for thousands of years with a multitude of styles, pressures and techniques. Studies have shown them to help reduce pain, swelling, fatigue, nausea, and depression. At Searchability, we had a professional masseuse come in pre-COVID and give everyone a 20 minute back massage, leaving staff feeling relaxed and ready for the afternoon.
As well as psychological wellbeing psychical exercise is a great way to explore employee wellbeing. Exercising releases endorphins which can make you more alert, increase energy, your mood and can reduce stress and anxiety. Iain Colligan – came into our HQ and went through a boxing session in pairs creating a full body workout burning 400/500 calories. Check out his one-to-one sessions!
Finances can be a stressful part of everyone’s day-to-day life. Whether you have bills to pay or a holiday to save for everything adds up and it can become very stressful. Over 1/4 of adults experience financial stress on a daily basis. A study reveals that a staggering 27% of UK adults feel stressed about money every single day. This wellbeing session was split up throughout the day with talks associated with how a mortgage works, how to save and much more! A great way to discuss your financial stresses and any questions you had with an expert.
Mindfulness practices can be a great way to learn to relax and take a moment out of your day. Jenny Ingram a Chartered Psychologist from JMI Psychological Services virtually help workshops with different groups in Searchability. We spoke about proud moments in our work life and personal life and reflected on all of the positive things. It was a great feeling to shout about what you are proud of as it’s not often something you can do.
Coming soon…: The SiSU Health Station
Searchability will be the first Recruitment Agency in the UK to use SiSu’s special medical device – The Health Station. This medical service allows individuals to undertake a free, self-service health check in less than five minutes. Measuring blood pressure, weight, height, body composition and heart rate. We are excited to find out about our bodies so we can improve our wellbeing.
Do these #ThirdThursdays like something you would love to get involved in? We are currently hiring for our 2021 Trainee Recruiter Campus at Searchability! We are still on the lookout for ambitious candidates. So thought we’d shout about our employee wellbeing #Thirdthursdays! Contact [email protected] to find out more or to apply!