I am part of a Monday—Friday life in which, come Monday, I am on a bus from a street near my home and heading into New York City to earn my living and pay my bills. I do this for the same reason as most people. I want to have a certain kind of life. I want nice things. I have to drive so I need a car. I need insurance. I need to invest and spend wisely; otherwise, it becomes hard to have financial stability I hope to achieve.
Therefore, I work. Therefore, come Monday morning, I make my way to the place where I earn my living. I work late. I work extra hours. I work on my own private interests to create a future business, which was created, built, and designed by me. I act as a coach and advocate at a medically assisted treatment program in Downtown, Manhattan, which means time management is essential for me.
First and foremost, before I am any of the above; I am me, which means I have to take care of me. This means I have to continuously learn and evolve.
This means I need to constantly develop. In order for me to reach my goal or reach my best level of potential, —I have to work. I have to work at my job but I also have to work on me, on a daily basis, day in, day out, from now until the day I retire and so on.
There is a movement to bring wellness into the workplace. And some people ask why? Some people have no idea what wellness is nor do they think there is time in the workplace for wellness workshops.
Meanwhile, employees experience burnout. Meanwhile, people feel lifeless in a thankless job —or maybe they have a supervisor over them that commands, “If you don’t like it here then go find a new job!”
Maybe there is favoritism or other forms of harassment.
First and foremost, I think it is important to emphasize the stress of financial insecurity. It is important to define the workplace struggles, which begin where all struggles begin, which is in the mind. It is important to realize that we all have a life to protect. We all have to live and we all have to get through the day, successfully, and at the close of the day, in order to be better for the next, we need to close the evening with a constructive conclusion. This is what it means to feel good and be healthy. But what happens when people don’t feel good or cannot close their day with a constructive conclusion?
Consider the absentee rate. Think about the level of exuberance one has about something they enjoy. Now think about a report that no one wants to do. Think about the word, “Deadline,” because, let’s face it: Deadlines are a bitch!
Bosses can be less than kind and friendly. In some cases, bosses can be downright less than human. Either way, there is work to be done. But how? How can we coexist and achieve properly in an stressful work environment?
Think about the separation between the daily workers, to the moderate, and then up to the extremely successful businessperson. What is the separation between them? Is this an attitude? Is this strictly educational or experienced based? Or did one person just decide they wanted something more than just a regular success story?
Either way, or more to the point, success is relative. Wellness is also relative; however, wellness is crucial to the betterment of our lives.
Wellness is what enables us to reach our goals and create our dreams and be happy, regardless to our surroundings.
Burnout is frustration; it is prolonged stress and the dead-end feeling of living a thankless, unrewarding life.
Burnout in the workplace creates mistakes. This makes for more struggles that only sink deeper, like quicksand.
Burnout is also the termination of the effective combustion it takes to fuel a rocket. It is the end of the powered portion of a rocket’s flight due to exhaustion. And what happens next?
You crash . . .
Personal burnout is all of the above, which is why self-care is essential. Nobody wants to burnout.
Nobody wants to walk to work and be in front of the job, see the building and cringe because they hate what they do.
I assume I am not alone in this opinion. I also assume I am not the only one that might have been successful; only, I had a tough boss and a mindset that was not fit for that relationship.
Years ago, I was pulled into a sales meeting by my supervisor and told that my numbers had to improve. I was told this in no unspoken terms. I had to sell more. I had to produce. I had to follow my sales from production to delivery. They took my chair away from my desk and made me stand.
After the conversation with my supervisor, I was told to get back to my desk and do some work. Then I was told, “It’s called work. If it was always fun they would call it something else.”
He said “Work isn’t always fun. Now go make some sales!”
Taking this example, I think back to where I was at the time. I was under pressure. I needed business. I had new accounts but none of them were producing just yet. I had to grow my business, and, I also had to service my existing accounts from production to delivery. This is work.
Next, I will disclose my full inventory. I was resentful of another salesman because his orders took priority over mine. He was there longer and pulled in bigger business. I was frustrated with my production department for part-shipping and poor handling of my orders.
There was factory problems from overseas, shipping issues, and plus, there was the occasional language barrier that caused discrepancies in my orders with the factories overseas.
I had organizational issues and time management issues. I needed to learn better boundaries to improve my business skills and relationships.
Also, I had prior frustrations from a phone call that went on before my sales meeting. Neither conversations went well for me. To be honest, it was a toss-up for me to discern which of the conversations went worse. And now, the pressure was on. I was angry, irritable, discontent, fearful, intimidated, and the list can go on. Meanwhile, I had no outlet and o way to alleviate my stress or anxiety. This is where mistakes creep in. This is where workplace burnout shows its face. This is how people implode and why they call out sick, just because they can’t face their desk or the pile of folders in their inbox.
Does this have to be the case?
Does work have to be thankless or joyless?
Wellness is actually a tool. The term wellness means to be happy and healthy in mind, body, and soul. Wellness in the workplace is a method to create a sense of personal synergy and unit cohesion amongst the team. This is an outlet to clear the static and the interference of our thinking process and to create clarity amongst the workforce.
Most people don’t take lunch. Some people don’t take breaks at all. And again, let’s not forget the deadlines. And what did we say deadlines are?
Deadlines are a bitch!
Is this the life people want?
Wellness in the workplace is a method. This is a tool that provides a break in the tension. Wellness is not the same for everyone. Perhaps this can be a discussion on the importance of time management. Or, maybe there could be a personal development class that would enable the workforce to learn better operating skills.
It is also important to point out anxiety, workplace anxiety, social illness, mental illness, chemical and alcohol dependency disorders, which can all be assisted with a strong wellness and action plan.
Keep in mind; life happens to all of us. However, work is work, home is home, and although the two should be kept separate between personal and professional, oftentimes, the two overlap and interfere with one another, which is tough in the personal, intimate, and professional world.
Why Do We Need Wellness Workshops in the Workplace?
foremost, wellness workshops are designed to create improvements, system wide.
This is where the coach comes in.
- Wellness workshops improve social creativity throughout the team
- Workshops promote office interaction amongst co-worker
- Workshops and professional development programs have been proven to be useful to help employees improve efficiency.
- Wellness workshops can help with confidence and self-worth assessments
- Workshops can create a safe, positive atmosphere to remove the ideas of thanklessness or the lack of appreciation.
- Workshops can provide various seminars, based on nutrition, physical health, motivational exercises, art therapy, aroma therapy, hypnosis, yoga, and mediation sessions.
- Workshops can help create a fluid approach to culture education and competence.
- Wellness workshops can pair the employee with an experienced coach to aid and assist in creating a strong wellness action plan
What can I expect from my wellness coach?
Coaching is personal and unique to the client. The main focus is to create an expectancy chart. This will discuss all of your incremental, short-term, and long-term goals.
Things to decide:
- What do I want to achieve?
- What are the expectations I have for my coach
- What are my expectations of myself?
- What is my level of desire to reach my goals?
- What is my level of confidence that I can reach my goals?
- What are my sources of influence?
- What are my assets?
- Who is my support?
- What relationships support my most?
- What do I find most problematic
- What do I want to improve most
- And where do I want to begin?
I posted the loss of potential earnings our country suffers due to mental illness and crisis in the workplace. The number is$210.5 billion.
This is why we need wellness in the workplace. This is why we need workshops to help us improve and continue to improve steadily because otherwise, the loss of potential earnings will do nothing else but continue to increase, which it has, steadily.
If self-care is everything, then the question shouldn’t be why do we need wellness in the workplace . . .
The question should be why don’t we have it already?