Wellness problems both at home and within the workplace

The key is to understand and implement more of a Holistic approach.

Your wellness programme needs to be able to recognise the broad range of emotional, physical, familial, and organisational issues that impacts on your employees performance.

For sustainable success you must help to create a strong culture of health for your employees, both in the workplace and at home.

Management programs, employee programs and also something for your employees immediate families.

Investing in health and wellbeing using such initiatives benefits the organisation as a whole, by giving employees an improved sense of value as a member of the organisation.

LAMBERT Wellbeing helps you to incorporate various programmes into the concept of health, by using Spiritual, Emotional, Psychological and Physical coaching programmes.

Our strategy enhances the performance, productivity and wellbeing of your organisation, and our coaching programs not only decrease psychological strain among your managers but also improves personal development among your staff.

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What motivates, engages and inspires your staff?

What motivates, engages and inspires your staff?
 
If 70% of human behaviour is hidden, and your employees make approximately 32,000 non-conscious decisions in a day – what hope is there of unlocking the non-conscious world of your staff?
 
Ask yourself why your employees are telling you what they want, as opposed to what they need? It’s because they are guarding valuable information from you, through fear of being monitored.
 
Even if the employees were honest, they still may not be able to express their non-conscious barriers and motivators – as they won’t be aware of them.
 
To get into these hidden behavioural aspects of employee behaviour, we must first understand that each employee has a specific need for one or all of the following:
 
• Control
 
• Autonomy and
 
• Inclusion
 
So, if you want a happy, engaged and productive workforce, these are the psychological drivers that each employee needs to experience – whilst working in your environment.
 
As a consequence, companies are hiring workplace wellness consultants/coaches (such as LAMBERT), because we are neutral, ethically guided and trustworthy enough.
 
We complete an objective workplace wellness needs analysis, a way of finding out what it is that is going to drive these employees onwards in a positive way.
 

Sickness Absence

DID YOU KNOW THAT PRODUCTIVITY IN THE UK IS THE LOWEST OF ALL G7 COUNTRIES?

Sickness absence is an often overlooked yet significant factor of productivity, and in manufacturing alone 41 per cent reported an increase in long-term sickness absence among their staff.

Unfortunately, the wellbeing of all sectors depends heavily on the health of an ageing workforce, which brings with it the potential of an increase of work-related illness and injury.

In the manufacturing industry alone, injury and sickness among the workforce is costing them 1.2 billion a year.

11,000 manufacturing workers being absent from work for a whole year, equates to 2.4 million working days lost to injury and illness.

A happy and healthy workforce has the following benefits for business owners of all industries:

Their employees are:

• More productive and motivated and

• More engaged and resilient to change

The bad news is, that many companies continue to have little understanding of the real financial impact of sickness absence among their workers.

The good news is, that a healthy workforce in any industry will help to create a successful economy’ – a win win for both business owners and employees.

Are you measuring the economic cost of staff sickness absence on your business?

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Physical Activity and Self-Efficacy

What is the difference between Physical Activity and Exercise?

Physical activity, exercise, and physical fitness are terms that describe different concepts yet are sometimes used interchangeably, and so often confused with one another (Caspersen et al, 1985).

Physical activity

Physical activity is movement that is carried out by the body that results in energy expenditure that can be categorised into occupational, sports, conditioning, household, or other activities.

Physical fitness/exercise

Physical fitness/exercise is a set of attributes that are either health- or skill-related, and is a more systematic/structurally planned activity. Although both concepts require movement, exercise seems to have a final or an intermediate objective to improve or maintain the components of physical fitness – in a more repetitive and intentional manner.

Wolff et al (2011), explains that both physical activity and exercise are effective for biochemical and physiological changes, and such adaptations are related to acute bouts of exercise and regular training.

The movement carried out by the body resulting in energy expenditure will help adolescents transitioning into early adulthood achieve their respective physical activity guidelines. These individuals will be categorised into occupational, sports, conditioning, household, or other activities based on the initial needs analysis.

Durstine, (2009) mentions how important it is to consider that adolescents obtain benefits from exercise training and physical activity that are similar if not the same as those for adults, as physical activity seems to have a more positive effect on reducing stress and anxiety – which consequently lead to improved self-efficacy.

How self-efficacy relates to physical activity?

Biddle & Mutrie, (2008) cited by Mailey, et al (2010) associate physical activity (P.A) as consistently enhancing psychological health, including reductions in anxiety and increased perceptions of control/self-efficacy. Self-efficacy refers to people’s beliefs about their capabilities, in this case to help individuals meet the P.A guidelines i.e. to undertake certain actions.

If support is removed however, before self-efficacy is strong enough, then sustained involvement in P.A often fails. Similarly, failure can occur if individuals’ have not been taught sufficient self-regulatory skills to self-manage P.A. i.e. self-care – especially when an intervention/programme finishes.

Many investigations have demonstrated a beneficial effect of exercise and P.A in people with high anxiety levels, none moreso than Durstine, (2009) alongside the American College of Sports Medicine. Mailey et al, (2010), agree and state that an increase in physical activity has been significantly associated with decreases in anxiety and increases in self-efficacy. Similarly, Bandura, (1986, 1997) points out that although self-efficacy is considered situation specific, changes in self-efficacy via exercise/physical activity can affect aspects such as anxiety.

Interestingly, Petruzzello et al, (1991) cited by Anderson et al, (2013) debated that exercise can increase self-efficacy by supplying experiences of successfully coping with the stress of exercising itself. As an individual’s self-efficacy improves, this gives them sufficient coping skills to prevent anxiety from occurring in the first place – and as behaviour’s change this then results in the individual managing to have more control.

References

Anderson, E., & Shivakumar, G. (2013). Effects of Exercise and Physical Activity on Anxiety. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 4, 27. http://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2013.00027 P1, 2

Bandura, A. (1977). Social learning theory. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.http://www.esludwig.com/uploads/2/6/1/0/26105457/bandura_sociallearningtheory.pdf

Caspersen, C. J., Powell, K. E., & Christenson, G. M. (1985). Physical activity, exercise, and physical fitness: definitions and distinctions for health-related research. Public Health Reports, 100(2), 126–131.

Durstine, J.L. American College of Sports Medicine,(ACSM).Exercise Management for Persons with Chronic Diseases and Disabilities. 2009. Human Kinetics

Mailey, EL, Wójcicki, TR, Motl, RW, Hu, L, Strauser, DR, Collins, KD & McAuley, E 2010, ‘Internet-delivered physical activity intervention for college students with mental health disorders: A randomized pilot trial’ Psychology, Health and Medicine, vol 15, no. 6, pp. 646-659. DOI: 10.1080/13548506.2010.498894

Wolff, E., Gaudlitz, K., von Lindenberger, BL. et al. Eur Arch Psychiatry Clin Neurosci (2011) 261(Suppl 2): 186. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00406-011-0254-y P186, 187. Exercise and physical activity in mental disorders – European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, 2011, Volume 261, Number 2, Page 186

WORK-LIFE DEMANDS

Employees are more likely to be able to cope with work-life demands with better exercise and nutritional habits.
 
I try really hard to eat well and train often.
 
I enjoy walking, and blend running with gym-based exercise and have been eating and training well for the past 40years now, but i still struggle on occasion – mentally and physically. I use supplements when i know i am deficient in certain areas.
 
What’s your choice of exercise, and do you eat nutritious foods – drink plenty of water?
 
More importantly, do you get the results that you want?
 
Biddle and Mutrie, (2008) reported that in the USA alone $75 billion in medical costs is contributed to by inactivity. This is significant data, due to the fact that in the USA the combination of inactivity and detrimental dietary patterns are leading factors – contributing to mortality.
 
This study however, was over 10 years ago – so can you imagine what the data is like today?
 
Physical inactivity has also been examined as a contributing factor in a variety of cancers, and a decline in bone mass too (McGinnis and Foege, 2003).
 
Message us if you have any physical activity/nutrition questions, or if you want to discuss any other areas of your wellness that you are struggling with?
 
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A HEALTHY WORK ENVIRONMENT 

The workplace is an ideal environment for making modest changes in the physical activity, nutrition and health of employees – but what about stress in particularly?

Lowering stress levels in the workplace can lead to an estimated 1 million workers being more present, each and every day.

According to the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies, (2015), 80% of employees reported feeling stress on the job.

40% reported feeling very or extremely stressed, with 25% viewing their jobs as the number one stressor in their lives.

So, if this study was completed in 2015 can you imagine what the numbers are today?

Do we know that making modest changes in the physical activity, nutrition and health of employees can:

↓ Depression, Anxiety, Emotional exhaustion, Chronic headaches?

↓ cardiovascular disease by 1.5x by following the recommended min physical activity?

↓ medical costs?

↑ Happiness, Self-Esteem, Immune efficiency, Recovery from illness, and Ability to concentrate?

↑ Mood, Sleep, Thinking, Learning, and Judgement? and

↑ Ability to make necessary lifestyle changes? i.e. Stop smoking, Eat healthfully or Get more physically active

So what is your boss doing to help reduce the growing global burden of chronic disease?

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MIDLIFE CRISIS?

A midlife crisis is described as ‘a transition of identity and self-confidence that can occur in middle-aged individuals, typically 45–64 years old’.
 
For me personally, i am 48 and i certainly fit into this bracket – and have done for 2-3 years now.
 
I have never felt the need to buy a new sports car to make me feel younger – but for someone else that may help.
 
For me, it also meant drastic changes in my habits i.e. more mood swings and drinking slightly more – due to business stress and my home life etc.
 
Similarly, my midlife crisis has led to impulsive decision making, such as spending money i didn’t really have to make myself feel better.
 
I also took a turn for the worse physically, my sleeping pattern was affected and my fitness levels took a hit – all due to a lack of sleep and poor nutrition etc.
 
This phase did not lead to me being obsessed with my appearance, but it could for others i.e. suddenly realising you have more wrinkles, a few extra pounds and grey hair etc.
 
I also disconnected from some of my old friends, as i moved on from those that i felt remained motionless. Feeling tied down to those closer to you, is also common around this age group.
 
So, do you feel that your current life is similar to any of the above?
 
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Absenteeism in the Workplace

Most illnesses and chronic conditions are important causes of sickness absence, yet physical activity has been proven time and time again to help – and in so many different ways.

So, if increasing an employees’ physical activity levels reduces the cost of absenteeism for business owners, how should organisations go about implementing it?

Firstly, they should consider improving the employees knowledge, based around the many benefits of physical activity. For example the short-term benefits of physical activity, related to people’s mental wellbeing – helping them achieve ‘quick-wins’ for motivation purposes.

Secondly, they should be warned of the consequences of ‘not taking action’ i.e. inactivity versus the long-term benefits of physical activity and how it can prevent many illnesses and chronic conditions.

Thirdly, design a specific program with achievable goals for each and every single staff member – based on their needs.

Finally, and the best advice is ‘to be more active than inactive’ and to ‘just get moving’ – without overthinking it too much.

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Positive Psychology at Work

According to Schwartz, (2015) mental ill-health within the workplace is a major economic burden for business owners. The introduction of this kind of coaching programme can therefore add a lot of value to workplaces, with the following value on Investment (VOI):
 
o A decrease in absenteeism, and returning the employee back to a job better-trained and qualified
 
o A reduction in any toxicity within the working environment, addressing any bullying etc and
 
o An overall increase in job retention
 
Similarly, in terms of being sick less often, there can be potential savings in medical and disability costs – with a reduction in the following:
 
o Depression
 
o Anxiety
 
o PTSD and
 
o Occupational distress
 
Business owners have managed to embrace these types of wellness programmes, specifically focussing on the pursuit of the following positive individual goals:
 
↑ Mental health
 
↑ Intentional goal striving
 
↑ Happier work and home life and
 
↑ Feelings of wellbeing and living longer
 
(Sheldon, Ryan, Deci and Kasser, 2004).
 
The development and maintenance of positive psychological wellbeing is therefore of critical importance, but it is the responsibility of everyone within the workplace – mainly for employers to implement a coaching program for employees.

Family Health Solutions

IS THIS THE FIRST GENERATION IN WHICH PARENTS OUTLIVE THEIR CHILDREN?

The World Health Organisation estimate that on a global scale there are over 170 million children classified as overweight. They sadly point out that childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century.

So, are parents helping their children?

In the UK alone Kirby et al., (2017) claim that the majority of adults themselves are classified as overweight or obese, and these rates have risen dramatically over the past few decades (Townshend & Lake 2017).

So, what hope is there for parent or child?

Both adults and children who attempt to lose weight are faced with various psychosocial factors, that could influence any weight loss success. Via our workplace wellness programs we help the employees family as a whole, and for no extra cost to the business owner.

Employees are naturally going to take their baggage into work, but it’s a ‘quick win’ for the employer that offers to help them. Helping to carry this excess weight from the shoulders of their staff, ensures a happy workplace – with less stress for the employer.

Being overweight is only one health issue – we cover all the pillars of wellness.

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