Last week I wrote an article about the need for workplace culture to revolutionise, pronto!
It's Mental Health Awareness Week, so there isn't a better time to start making changes if you've not already done so.
My role can require me to sit at a desk for long periods of time and it's just too easy to sit in one chair for 12 hours, with only a few short pit stop breaks. This isn't good for the body or mind.
Late last year, I started working from a business hub, VWorks, which is at the Village Hotel. It has a positive atmosphere, I'm surrounded by entrepreneurs with brilliant ideas and I have to walk a little bit further to get things (!), but I was still sitting at my desk to eat my lunch. One day I decided to take myself off to the sofa by the TV to have my lunch and could feel my eyes starting to close. That's when I decided to launch a walking club!
At 1:30pm every day (maybe skipping heavy pour downs) anyone can meet by the sofas and head off for a half an hour walk to clear their minds, get some fresh air and feel ready for the afternoon. It's a great way to network, to switch off, to get some exercise and to stay healthy.
What can you introduce to your workplace to change the health of your workforce?
It is not news, of course, that walking is healthy and that people who walk or otherwise exercise regularly tend to be more calm, alert and happy than people who are inactive.