Team Wellbeing

 

We find ourselves in trying times where companies are having to adapt quickly to change. Home working is on the increase, with many businesses trying it for the first time due to this crisis. But what does this mean for your team, their productivity and their wellbeing? It is helpful to provide a rounded approach to team wellbeing, now more than ever. Whilst managers tend to focus on the element of wellbeing with which they are more familiar, it can be to the exclusion of other helpful aspects.

When looking at the needs of your team, consider the four elements of wellbeing :

Mind, Body, Spirit and Vision.

Mind

 

This is the area of their mental health and mindset. With 1 in 4 people in the UK with a common mental health condition such as anxiety or depression, the change of routine and social isolation could be very problematic. You may not know who these people are until there is a problem and arguably you may find more people showing signs of strain as family members fall ill and the level of uncertainty persists. Talking about your new routine, as a group and as individuals and encouraging the sharing of ideas may help. Having a zoom call (or other form of video conference) where you can see the person, will encourage personal grooming, a lack of which maybe an indicator of an issue.

…an attitude of gratitude

In these troubled times it’s important to put your energy into things you can change and not to dwell on things you cannot change. Encourage that team workers limit access to the news and social media to set times of the day so that there is the brain space for the work you need to do.

 

Create a group ‘virtual gratitude board’ where you can each contribute things you are grateful for such as family and sunshine. Some people will find this tough, but in seeing what other people are grateful for, they may find a positive outlook themselves.

Encourage having a designated working area at home so you can “go to work” and leave work at the end of the day. This also sets the expectation for family members that when you are there, you are working. It may be an idea to have a lock on the inside of the door to stop the interruption of little people during conference calls, but be clear when you can be disturbed.

If anxiety is running high, consider external facilitation to get the conversation started around mental health, or a group guided meditation or mindfulness exercise if appropriate. Remember to talk rather than ignore any issues, it could save a lengthy leave of absence at a later date.

 

Body

There are many online fitness courses to try, from personal trainers to yoga and ballet. Encourage everyone to choose one to try for a week. Maybe if several of the group try the same ballet class, they can also compare notes afterwards to encourage connection.

Create a wellbeing area online with ideas and courses found. It must be beneficial not group pressure lead, if it’s not right for someone let them find their own path.

 

You can also use this area to post helpful hints about nutritious snacks and foods to build immunity. There are many useful articles to signpost people and you can use this space to share what is working.

Getting good quality sleep helps with all areas of productivity. Consider hosting a webinar for everyone to attend. There are courses in lots of areas of wellbeing available including online courses which we run.

 

Spirit

This is about community, connection and creativity. Encourage all things creative and share what you have discovered!  From online music lessons and learning new recipes to exploring the top 10 museums via virtual means. These things lift your spirits and help with broadening your thought process and ability to problem solve.

…keeping in touch

Keeping in touch with family and friends or finding new supportive groups on Facebook to interact with all give a feeling of belonging. Having coffee as a group at a certain time of the day to check in with how things are going, also helps.


Consider practical development tools such as online Emotional Intelligence talks and webinars as suggestions. Coaching techniques are useful to learn as they can help to get the best outcome from a challenging situation. This is particularly useful when the team members are not in the same location.

 

 

Vision

Be clear on your vision for your team and accept that your achievable goals and priorities may have changed and may continue to change as time moves on. It may be helpful to discuss together what the new ‘norm’ will look like in terms of reporting, volume of work and expectations of delivery. What is the one aspect of their work which is always going to be their delivery priority? Establishing this will help with decision making and confidence in the new regime.

…are you an introvert or an extrovert?

When managing a team who are working remotely for the first time, consider your introverts and extroverts. Extroverts need to bounce ideas off of each other so buddy them with other team members for regular catch ups. Don’t forget to check in with introverts, who usually self-start and self-motivate, on an individual basis to make sure they are being heard.

 

Understanding what is expected and being able to feedback if something is not working will help with morale and anxiety. It also provides an opportunity to congratulate the team on your successes at the end of the week.

As part of your one to one time, ask your team to think of one thing in each of these areas which they want to focus on personally and hold them to account. For example, in Mind they may decide to do 10 mins of mindfulness every day. In Body, to try a yoga class for a week. In Spirit, to call an old friend for a catch up and in Vision to commit to an online course which will help with their career. Share successes and the things you have discovered as a group.

…and finally

There are no right or wrong paths in wellbeing, it will be different for everyone. If you are not sure what to do, ask yourself, “What is the kindest thing I can do?”

Where it is not to the detriment of others, consider that option first.

 

Here are The Bounce Team!

The Bounce Community !

 

The Bounce Team have a variety of online and in person solutions for individual and team wellbeing across all four elements of wellbeing.

Check out :

Our website : www.discoveryourbounce.com with our free online events

Our Facebook group  – The Bounce Community – where we have daily wellbeing thoughts over coffee. Sign up here

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About The Author

Sharon Critchlow

Sharon Critchlow is a Wellbeing Advocate, speaker and facilitator at Discover Your Bounce for Business. Passionate about people being the best they can be she is a Time To Change Champion for mental health and holds a Masters level qualification in strategic coaching for performance. Sharon is a qualified accountant and has 20 years experience in senior leadership roles in the financial services sector. www.discoveryourbounce.com www.time-to-change.org.uk