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Diary of a Sugar Free Feb

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In recent research into what makes a Good Day At Work we found that one of the underpinning factors to people’s capacity to be happy, healthy and thriving in the workplace is their physical and emotional energy levels.

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Sir Cary Cooper and Ben Moss in conversation

Our Founding Director Cary Cooper and MD Ben Moss were having lunch just before Christmas and found themselves chatting about the year that’s just passed in workplace wellbeing… and what’s to come in 2017. They didn’t agree on everything, but there was one thing that they were both convinced of: 2017 will be the year of the Wellbeing Strategy. Here’s why:

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What would you choose—to scroll through your friend’s social media pictures of the beach or to feel the sand under your feet; read a romance novel or to experience the intensity of first love; watch a cooking show or sit in a café in Italy, freshly made pasta on your fork?

Real experiences are so powerful. They invite emotion and stimulate thought. Nothing can compare to taking in the surrounds of an experience; the unique smells—someone’s perfume, freshly cooked food—and sounds—like music—that can bring you right back to a moment in time.

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Last week, I volunteered to take on a single tasking challenge. Inspired by Geri Hirsch’s blog, I recognised that, like her, I have become very much a full time multi-tasker and perhaps it was time to start doing things in a more focused and mindful way. I was curious about science suggesting that single-tasking is better for your brain, that multi-tasking is a myth, so I wanted to see what the results would be.

Here’s what I learnt.

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The state of our wellbeing is linked to both physical and mental health. How we perform when we feel good is at the heart of getting organisational wellbeing right – for the employees and the employer. So why, when we discuss workplace performance do we focus on stress and negative outcomes instead of the positive end of things: increasing happiness, good energy flow, what’s possible with positive pressure or taking joy from our environments? We’ve written previously about how a fun working environment can produce positive outcomes for people and their organisations and that forms part of this broader argument. 

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