The last few years have impacted everyone and every aspect of our lives, from our social lives, employment culture, mental health, and emotional wellbeing. Here we will give you five simple tips for better wellbeing of those who work in IT professions.
Regular Physical Activity
Regular physical activity has been proven to promote wellbeing and increase productivity of the employee at work. It has also been shown to lower anxiety and depression and positively impact general mental health. You don’t need to have a long and intense exercise session necessarily. Even a ten-minute walk or an activity that you can incorporate at your workstation would be enough. Whether you work for a business that allows you to work from home or in an office, you should move around in whatever form suits you. For example, if your job permits, think about getting a desk that allows you to go from a sitting to a standing desk, or use a Fitbit to track how much time you sit and vibrate to signal that you need to get moving.
Create a Healthy Workspace
Most of us realistically spend hours in our office, and a dark, poorly laid-out room will impact your wellbeing, health, and productivity. On the other hand, well organised and nicely decorated,with good air circulation and ventilation, will facilitate focused work and allow for better workplace collaboration. If you work remotely from home, it is especially important to have dedicated spaces for work, breaks, and meals so that, rather than eating at your desk while you work, you intentionally take time for a proper break.
Invest in Ergonomic Equipment
Another contributing factor to the wellbeing when you work in IT professions is ergonomics and comfortable desks. Investing in ergonomic and comfortable workstations is essential for the wellbeing of all employees, especially those with sedentary jobs, preventing back problems from developing. Sufficiently comfortable office chairs that give you adequate support or tools adapted to your needs will improve not only your level of comfort but also your motivation.
Connect with Others
Take part in wellness activities and connect with others. Social relationships come in many forms and are necessary, especially for wellbeing work in IT professions. Setting up activities that are beneficial for both your body and mind helps to promote wellbeing at work. Yoga classes or group relaxation workshops can be part of the ideas that can be put in place to combat stress, depending on your work environment. If you are a remote worker in an IT profession, don’t let this hold you back from organising lunchtime socials or catch-ups with fellow employees or teammates, even virtually over zoom if you need to. Working in a positive atmosphere and creating mutually supportive relationships is essential for most employees.
Find Your Balance
Now more than ever, employees want more time for their families or to enjoy leisure activities. More and more of us would like to be able to adjust our working hours or schedules. The majority would also like to work remotely, to avoid time wasted on public transport and be more productive. Be aware of how you feel and your general surroundings during your workday. How you feel after a long night of inadequate sleep will affect your mood and, over a long period of time, will have a negative impact on your psychological well being, it is therefore vital to sleep well.
These are just a few vital steps you can take that will significantly improve your wellbeing at work in the IT sector.