All Work And No Play…

All Work And No Play…

With a general perception that it’s healthier to avoid the cold weather than be amongst it, many of us are not planning to surface again until sometime in September!

I’ve recently noted the value in avoiding Seasonal Affective Disorder, which is good and well when you are two years old and have no occupational commitments. But how do grown-ups practically avoid this and the associated losses in health and productivity?

For Employers:

Most that I’ve spoken with over the last 15 years agree that their staff are their greatest asset. So a few tips to ensure the cogs of your business continue ticking over without too much squeaking: (more…)

Sick Building Syndrome

It is appropriate for business owners, employees and home-dwellers alike to consider the potential impact of Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) as we move into Winter.

SBS arose out of the energy crisis in the early 70’s, whereby the cost of regulating outside air temperature via HVAC systems began to escalate, resulting in an increase to the degree by which buildings were sealed from the outside atmosphere.

By 1984, the World Health Organisation reported 30% of buildings worldwide were linked to symptoms of SBS. (more…)

Motivational Harness #4 – You Don’t Have To Stink!

Motivational Harness #4 – You Don’t Have To Stink!

At a recent iNform Corporate function, I had the privilege of presenting to the cream of Adelaide’s small and medium-sized business directors, and here’s what I noticed:

They all dressed REALLY nicely!

I know…insightful!

The reason I noted this, above anything else is, I was there to talk about the benefits of exercising before AND during work to enhance productivity. I was duly informed this is not practical for well-dressed, nice smelling people who wished to remain that way through the course of their workday.

So I want to throw a spin on the perception that meaningful exercise must ALWAYS make you stinky!

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Motivational Harness #3 – Flow From Within

In my recent football article, here’s what I eluded to:

Is your workday structured around your physiology, or is your physiology dictated to by your workday?

On a very complex level, asleep or awake, our bodies operate in cycles. It is physiologically impossible to be firing on all cylinders for the entire day, and so the busy structure of our external world can deplete our reserve of internal endurance.

You can’t force productivity.

However you can nurture it. The coming installments will tactically address the requirements of your physiology to create an internal environment that thrives in external conditions.

It was recently presented to me that the greatest barrier to productive workdays were M&M’s! It took me a while to work out that this wasn’t a reference to tasty little treats, but rather the concept of Management and Meetings.

I once worked under a manager who, I’m sure, had a KPI to interrupt work as often as he could! He would constantly pop by for a chat, to see what I was up to, and to add new tasks to my hectic schedule. He called meetings for everything, and scheduled these – without fail – in the most inconvenient times for me. (more…)

Motivational Harness #2 – Internal World Vs. External World

Each waking day there is a battle between our internal physiology and our external environment. In the modern western format, the advantage often lies with the external. Many of us who walk into an office (of varying description) experience the pressure of a tight schedule to fulfill where the expectation of a work-day is grafted around constant output.

I’m going to indulge my AFL bias, and suggest that if our work day were a football game, the match report might go something like this:

Heading into opposition territory, bottom placed Internal Physiology were always going to have a tough day up against ladder leader External Conditions. With the roof closed on External Environment Arena, the home side took early ascendancy with Caffeine and Email goaling in the opening minutes. Ringing Mobile was busy around the packs and provided further scoreboard pressure while Caffeine asserted dominance up forward slamming through a second goal before quarter time. (more…)

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