Why workplace wellness needs to be a priority, even for startups

Business survival and productivity is often prioritised at the expense of wellbeing for Startups and SMEs. Photo by Andreas Klassen on Unsplash
Covid-19, social distancing and working from home are all contributing factors to global increase in stress and burnout. Photo by Charles Deluvio on Unsplash
Business leaders often underestimate the cost of neglecting their team as well as their own wellbeing until too late. Photo by Craig Ren on Unsplash
CEOs, executives and business leaders must role model healthy habits, bejaviours and work/life boundaries to foster a caring team culture that prioritises wellbeing. Photo by KrakenImages on Unsplash
Thriving as a team means better business results. Photo by Mimi Thian on Unsplash
  • Setting clear boundaries for when work start and finish and expectation for availability
  • Have a regular morning routine in place which enables you to perform at your best, e.g. meditation, yoga/exercise, healthy breakfast, read/learn for at least an hour that can be done as a team
  • Stocking a selection of delicious healthy snacks and fresh fruits that requires a walk away from your desks to refuel
  • Set up a wellness accountability buddy system for your team members and check in regularly on each other’s wellbeing
  • Set a good example of self care for your team by leading with a sense of balance and awareness of your own emotional and physical energy level
  • Plan regular wellness workshops, meaningful team experiences and retreats regularly that help individuals and the team to grow and bond
Mindfulness workshops are great for empowering teams to be more present and aware, fostering better interpersonal relationships and conflict management. Photo by Erik Brolin on Unsplash
Matt Friedman, CEO of The Mekong Club regularly offers workshops and public speaking on human trafficking and slavery
Image by United Nation’s Covid-19 Response on Unsplash
Photo by Mike Erskine on Unsplash
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Tracy Tsang

Tracy Tsang

Founder of Internet of Stories/T for Teams, Growth Coach for conscious entrepreneurs looking to grow brand empires and Host of The Innovate for Growth Podcast