Listen to Music

While listening to music at work is said to be “distracting”, recent studies actually show that music not only improves our mental well-being, but also boosts our physical health. 

According to researchers Peter Terry and Costas Karageorghis, Music has the capacity to capture attention, lift spirits, generate emotion, change or regulate our mood, evoke memories, increase work output, reduce inhibitions, and encourage rhythmic movement.

Below are just a few reasons why implementing music in your workplace will create a positive and proactive environment.

 

1.     Music decreases stress

If you listen to music you enjoy, it will decrease levels of the hormone cortisol in your body. Stress causes 60% of all illnesses and diseases, so lower levels of stress mean higher chances of overall well-being.

2.     Music Improves Sleep

Listening to classical or relaxing music significantly improves sleep. Since we know music can directly influence our hormones, it only makes sense to throw on some Beethoven (or Dark Side of The Moon?) towards the end of the day.

3.     Music Reduces Depression

Music can be considered a natural antidepressant because certain tunes cause the release of serotonin and dopamine (neurotransmitters) in the brain – causing increased feelings of happiness and well-being.
It also releases norepinephrine, which is a hormone that invokes feelings of euphoria.

 

Ultimately, the right kind of music will enhance your employee’s performance and allow them to work more effectively. Get everyone involved by asking all your team members to create playlists, and alternate them day to day.

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The Importance of Balance

“Most psychologists would agree that the demands of a person’s career should not overwhelm the individual's ability to enjoy a satisfying personal life outside of the business environment.”

Separating your work life from your personal life will not only make you less susceptible to burnouts, but also encourage you to be more productive, engaged and creative.

It is true that living amongst technology makes this challenging – as we are consistently using our phones to check social media and emails. We find that a great rule to live by is “12 & 24-hour”. Essentially, it means that all correspondence and emails should be answered within 12 hours of receipt on a weekday and 24 during the weekend - no matter what.

Occasional stress is normal for any job, but it is important to listen to your body and take a break when you feel that you need one. According to The Help Guide, burnouts occur “when you feel overwhelmed and unable to meet constant demands”.

If you feel that you are in this position, it is paramount that you take time out to talk this over with your manager, or come up with a plan to avoid this.

Other ways to avoid burnout include prioritising your work and setting yourself achievable deadlines. You will find that going home and spending quality time with family and friends will not only give you a break and allow you to unwind, but also make you more productive and motivated to strive the following day.

Your satisfaction in your personal life and your ability to meet personal commitments greatly affects your success as a worker. Achieving a healthy work/life balance will allow you to feel in control and benefit your performance and company.

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Good Vibrations

Good Vibrations - A phrase commonly used to describe an optimistic way of living.

Although this shortened definition briefly describes what the phrase means, the objective today is to give you a greater insight into “Good Vibrations” and why they should be exuded within your workplace.

It’s vital for any business owner or team leader to create an upbeat and encouraging environment for staff members. Embracing this kind of culture will boost morale and inspire your employees to strive, meet targets and overachieve.

Workplace positivity is correlated with higher productivity, easier recruitment, and much lower employee turnover.

Workplace negativity, on the other hand, has bad consequences of its own, being linked to depression, insomnia, and anxiety - all of which hurt performance as well as the lives of your employees.

 

"I'm all about good vibes. Big goals, amazing experiences, more happiness, less pain, healthy relationships and staying focused on what matters."

Promising a positive workplace is easy, effortless and highly beneficial. You can start by taking a few simple steps, like trusting your employee’s opinions and delegating important tasks to each of them. This will make your team feel more important and engaged when it comes to meeting goals or KPI’s.

Positivity also means fun - a staple of any healthy business. Enjoyable rituals in the workplace make employees feel excited to come in and prosper. You can start by rewarding your staff with lunches, team bonding activities or gift cards/cash bonuses.