In the summer of 1969 George Harrison wrote the classic Beatles song “Here comes the sun.”
The story goes that the recently founded Apple Records’ team of executives were organising endless meetings and legal signings. Harrison felt so overloaded one afternoon by the merry-go-round he bunked off to chill out at his friend Eric Clapton’s house. They sat in Clapton’s garden playing guitar, singing, writing and tuning out from the busy drama of the city.
It’s not always easy for people to take a break when they feel they really need one, and not everyone has a relaxing space to hang out in, spare time in busy schedules, or an escape from responsibilities demanding attention and energy. However, it is crucial for individuals to recognise when they need to step back, connect with nature, and engage in hobbies or personal interests. These actions play a fundamental role in maintaining overall wellbeing.
By reminding employees of some constructive ways to be accountable and take control of how they are impacted by workplace pressures ensures they take responsibility for their own wellbeing within the workplace and beyond.
5 top tips for your employees to re-energise in the workplace this summer:
- Take regular breaks – Encourage your employees to schedule short breaks throughout the day. Stepping away from work, even for a few minutes can help reduce stress and improve focus when they return.
- Embrace the outdoors – Spending time in nature can significantly boost energy levels and mood, as well as getting a daily dose of Vitamin D. Encourage spending time outdoors during breaks and after work to reconnect with nature. Whether it’s a quick walk, having lunch outside or enjoying outdoor activities. “Spending just 20 minutes in nature can lower stress hormone levels “April 4th, 2019, Frontiers in Psychology.”
- Stay hydrated – In the summer months, staying hydrated through the warm weather, especially in the workplace, can be vital to ensuring employees are healthy and able to function. Dehydration can cause tiredness, dizziness and make people physically unwell. Encouraging employees to drink plenty of water throughout their workday and making allowances for comfort breaks could make your workforce more comfortable and more productive on warmer days.
- Promote healthy eating – Encourage your employees to indulge in seasonal, fresh fruits and vegetables. These foods are rich in nutrients and provide essential vitamins and minerals, keeping them energised and hydrated. If your workplace allows, consider setting up a fruit station to support their healthy eating habits.
- Team activities – Organise fun team-building activities or social events such as a summer picnic, casual outings or friendly sports games. Bringing the team together creates a positive environment and allows employees to connect with their colleagues in a relaxed setting.
Investing in the wellbeing of your employees and supporting them during the summer months can result in a re-energised and motivated workforce, leading to higher productivity and engagement. This benefits both your employees and the company collectively.
Empower your employees’ summer wellbeing with the PAM Assist Wellbeing App. A comprehensive platform filled with tools and resources to support your people.