The ideal working day: let’s talk about workplace wellbeing
On Thursday October 5, officially the Ideal Working Day, the focus is on workplace wellbeing. The aim of the day is to develop and try out new methods to improve workplace wellbeing. OP Group is taking part in the event.
It is important to do work you like and for which you have a passion. Being able to control your work is also important, meaning that even though you have a lot of work, you feel that you are in control of your work and schedule. You are also surrounded by a nice group of colleagues who provide support and bring social elements, joy and humor to your work, says Pia Donoghue, workplace wellbeing manager at OP.
OP Group has encouraged its units to come up with new methods to improve workplace wellbeing on the theme day.
This can be something like a spontaneous word of praise to a workmate, taking a walk during the working day, exceeding customer expectations, or having lunch with your colleagues. We also bought postcards that anyone can use to send a nice message or a word of praise to colleagues, says Donoghue.
OP encourages its units to make active use of the ideas presented during the Ideal Working Day, so that they will become more than just ideas. The workplace wellbeing manager also gives a shout-out to the break exercise app Cuckoo Workout.
The app is fun and different in a good way, it really makes people feel good. For us, Cuckoo is important particularly because it reminds us to take breaks that we might otherwise forget. We also encourage taking breaks during meetings and using Cuckoo on days when working from home, says Donoghue.
Pia Donoghue thinks the mindfulness breaks included in Cuckoo workout are a particularly good way of taking a short break from work.
Pausing to focus on something else besides work is extremely powerful. Getting things done matters a lot, but pausing is equally important. I would recommend Cuckoo to anyone with a desk job, because it offers an excellent counterbalance to work.