A huge part of productivity comes down to employee wellbeing and office culture. Here’s our rundown of a recent APG talk (video below!) about current office culture trends, and how they’re killing creativity.
The cost of poor mental health
APGis all about strategy, planning, and getting the best out of business. According to APG, issues related to mental health currently cost companies an average of £1,000 per employee. This happens in the form of:
- Presenteeism (such as inefficient working and creative blocks)
- Staff turnover
These problems all point to broader issues to do with staff wellbeing. Do you recognise any of these issues in your current workplace? To improve wellbeing, APG recommends adopting the following four key disconnecting behaviours:
Four key disconnecting behaviours
- 8 to 8 e-mails: Use email delay services (like boomerang). Services such as these will only send your emails during pre-set working hours. Emailing late into the evening tells people that you’re always available – don’t always be available.
- Fixed and flexed hours: Set fixed office hours (e.g. 10-4) to allow your staff a little more flexibility around the standard 9-5. Some companies also have “meeting days” and “deep work days” to help workers strike a balance and plan their weeks.
- Holiday = Holiday: All agencies should be prepared for staff absences. In reality, there are rarely advertising emergencies. As an employee ask yourself – is this worth picking up the phone for? If it’s not, don’t send the email.
- Leave Loudly: It’s important to show fellow staff members that you are fully disconnecting. You could, for example, set an automatic out-of-office reply which lets people know that you’ll respond to them during office hours (e.g. 9-5).
Handheld devices, such as mobiles and tablets, mean that we’re more plugged in than ever before. However, you need to make sure that you’re plugged into the right things, at the right times. Allowing work-related notifications into your life through these devices, at all hours of the day, is a slippery slope.
Track your screen time, and ask yourself: “is this really me time?”
Goals of a Managing Director
Helen Andrews, one of the APG talkers, summarises her key company objective as follows:
“To provide an environment that enables creative people to do the best work of their lives.”
Ultimately, all companies benefit when their employees feel empowered to do their very best work. Stress is not a consistent or reliable motivator, and offices need to introduce more positive means of reinforcement. Whether you have an office dog, daily wind-down sessions, or a weekly team get-together – small steps such as these can go a long way.
If looking stressed in the key to impress in your office, maybe check out the talk below (and send it along!)