Here is something to think, when sat in the office today...  Changing just one seated meeting per week at work into a walking meeting, increased the work-related physical activity levels of white-collar workers by 10 minutes, according to a new study published by public health researchers with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The study, published in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's journal, Preventing Chronic Disease, suggests a possible new health promotion approach to improving the health of millions of white-collar workers who spend most of their workdays sitting in chairs.   Titled "Opportunities for Increased Physical Activity in the Workplace: the Walking Meeting," the study also supports the American Heart Association's recommendations of 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity physical activity for adults, or about 30 minutes each weekday. "There are ...


How To Rewire Your Brain To Better Handle Stress

In most scenarios, stress is just another aspect of the human experience. It comes and goes, and while it’s relatively unpleasant to deal with, its long-term effects are negligible. However, when stress becomes pervasive and continuous, the physical and mental health impacts can be severe. Entrepreneurs are particularly susceptible to the negative effects of pervasive stress. Running a business or team requires leaders to manage multiple complex and diverse functions at once. Throughout my years at BodeTree, I've found that this large universe of responsibility is the central source of stress in my life. Each part of the team, from sales to development, has unique and occasionally conflicting perspectives and desires. Managing all of these different views and needs can be exhausting. For the longest time, I found myself working to treat the symptoms of stress. I’d take the occasional vacation and ...


How to Handle Your Stress So You Can Be Successful If you feel that stress is affecting your work, health and well-being, you are not alone. Here are some tips on how to de-stress that actually work. Today most of us are expected to do more with less. We lead lives that are more demanding on every front-work, family, social, health-with little time left over to unwind. Stress affects our mental health, our well-being and our performance at work. But there are ways you can help yourself. Here are seven rituals successful people use to decrease stress and find relaxation. 1. Set up your boundaries. In today's frantic world it's easy to feel pressure to be available 24 hours a day, but no reasonable person can maintain that as a way to live. The answer is ...


Balancing career with family hurt like hell - Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi, Chief Executive of PepsiCo, recently revealed the hardships of harmonising a career and a family life. Speaking on the panel at the 2016 Women in the World Summit in Manhattan, US, Nooyi explained how she was faced with some bitter-sweet memories whilst having her office renovated. The CEO claims she found an old note written by her eldest daughter when she was five years old. It read: “Dear mom, I love you. Please come home.” “I have to remind myself of what I lost,” Nooyi said to the audience, referring to running a Fortune 500 company whilst being a mother to two young girls. She went on to say that she doesn't regret her decisions, however she admits she has suffered “heartaches” because of them, and claimed she would counsel her younger self ...


Stop Working Overtime Today

Stop Working Overtime Today A Reformed Office Martyr's Guide to Achieving Work-Life Balance I used to be that person: I had my hand in everything at the office. I took on all the projects. I stayed late. I was always drowning in an endless to-do list, and everyone knew it. I considered myself the pillar holding up the roof and keeping the lights on. I ate at my desk and wore my high billables and exhaustion like badges of honour. That’s right. I was an office martyr. What I didn't understand then is that more isn't more. Staying late and constantly piling more work on myself didn't make me more admired, give me skills to be a better marketer, or win me any friends. It just made me constantly tired and on the edge of burnout. Don’t ...


Have you ever heard phrase - "one years’ experience repeated five times is not five years’ experience"? In your current role it can be hard to widen your experience and learn new skills if the opportunities are not obviously available. This can limit your promotion prospects both internally and externally. We have all experienced managers who won't delegate more specialist tasks, a lack of budget for training etc. This can be particularly frustrating if you want to become a manager, or a more senior in your profession but the roles keep going to people who have already gained some experience in that area. This can equally apply to people just starting out in their careers. So how do you break the cycle? Let's deal with the training issue first; there is a lot of free content out there. Join LinkedIn or ...


Six Things You Don’t Owe Your Boss

The typical workday is long enough as it is, and technology is making it even longer. When you do finally get home from a full day at the office, your mobile phone rings off the hook, and emails drop into your inbox from people who expect immediate responses. While most people claim to disconnect as soon as they get home, recent research says otherwise. A study conducted by the American Psychological Association found that more than 50% of us check work email before and after work hours, throughout the weekend, and even when we’re sick. Even worse, 44% of us check work email while on vacation. A Northern Illinois University study that came out this summer shows just how bad this level of connection really is. The study found that the expectation that people need to respond to emails during off-work hours ...


Let’s face it. Life can be full of frustrations—an argument with your teenager over breakfast, a missed train, or even just a spilled coffee can make you wish you could crawl back into bed. How can you change your mood when you’ve started your day off on the wrong foot? How do you stop annoyances from dragging you down and killing your productivity? What the experts say The good news is you can turn a bad day into a good one. “Happiness is a choice,” says Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage. Even when something objectively negative happens—your star employee gives notice or you’re late to an important meeting with the CEO—it’s important to focus on the positive things that are also happening. “Studies show that when you’re positive, you’re 31% more productive, ...


77% of workers don’t take their full allotted lunch break, a recent survey claims. Are you one of them? Photo Credit: Elvert Barnes via Compfight cc UK-based AirConUK.co.uk conducted a survey amongst 1350 workers in office and industrial environments, finding that only 23% actually took their full lunch break. Research has found that workers have a higher rate of productivity after taking a break and those who don’t take the time have lower concentration and work slower in the afternoons. The survey also found that another 23% chose to eat lunch at their desks or work stations while 36% chose to end their lunch break early. Additionally it revealed that 41% admitted they didn’t take tea or screen break during the day and 18% didn't take a lunch break at all. From the selection of ...


Employees are more likely to lie about an absence if the cause is mental health rather than physical health related, according to research from healthcare provider AXA. The report found that more than three-quarters (77%) of employees would tell their boss the truth if their sickness was due to a physical ailment such as back pain, flu or an accidental injury, but only two in five (39%) would tell the truth if they had to call in sick because of stress, anxiety or depression. The problem was worst in SMEs, with only 37% of SME employees claiming they would tell their boss if they were absent because of mental ill health. In larger firms 44% of workers felt comfortable confiding the real reason for such an absence to their manager. Emma Mamo, head of workplace ...