As 2019 comes to an end and we move into 2020, there’s one thing we can all count on – work is not going to slow down. From 2020 planning to client onboarding to end of year reports, our to-do lists have no end in sight. It can become very easy to focus all of our attention on tasks and projects at the expense of our mental well-being.
According to The American Institute of Stress, workplace stress is on the rise in the US, leading to severe physical, and emotional ailments. Fortunately, there are simple steps that we, as PR professionals, can take to help create a healthy and balanced workplace that don’t require much time or effort but can greatly reduce stress.
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This may seem like a no-brainer but taking the time to organize to-dos and priorities can sometimes get pushed to the back burner when work gets busy.
Take time to write out your top priorities each day – depending on what works best for you, this can be in the morning or before signing off the night before. This allows you to think through everything on your plate, prioritize the tasks that are most important and set forth a clear plan of attack. Additionally, by having a clear view of the tasks on your plate you can more easily communicate with your team members and set deadlines and expectations accordingly.
If you ever decide to forego breaks in the interest of focusing on work, you may be shooting yourself in the foot. As it turns out, employees that take breaks during the workday report higher job satisfaction and efficiency.
Every day, in PAN’s San Francisco office, team members step away from their desks and computers for a short time to eat, catch up with each other and take their minds off of work. Whether it’s a full lunch break or stepping outside for a quick walk around the block or to grab a mid-day coffee, taking a few minutes away from your desk not only makes you more productive but creates a greater sense of satisfaction in your work.
Regardless of where you work there are undoubtedly perks and benefits designed to help with employee wellness and work-life balance (if your company doesn’t have these, I have it on good authority that PAN is a great place to work!). For instance, across all five of PAN’s offices, employees of all levels have the option of working from home on Fridays. This is a godsend in so many ways – from a change of scenery to not having to worry about commute times to wearing sweats all day. Another benefit that PAN offers is the dedicated VP model, which allows junior employees to lean on senior staff for career and workplace advice. Taking advantage of this perk is a great way to help relieve stress and rebalance your workday.
At the end of the day, a healthy employee is a productive and engaged employee. If you are stressed and burnt out, your productivity and satisfaction at work is going to diminish. Try out these few easy tips and notice if they have a positive impact on your workday. Here’s to a healthy and balanced 2020!