I’ve written here before about wellness, both in the workplace and beyond. Click on the “Down Time: Living” tab near the top of your screen and then click on the “Living Well” tab to see some articles I’ve written about products that may help you take care of yourself and those you care about.
Stand Desks: I’ve also created Weekend Polls to help admin. professionals inform and encourage one another on the wellness front. In my July 2016 Weekend Poll about the use of stand desks, I noted that the American Journal of Preventive Medicine is among those bodies that have reported on associations between early mortality rates and women with primarily sedentary behaviour.
In that poll, I asked female and male readers how many hours they estimate they sit at a desk each day, and we also touched on exercise. You can see the results of that poll, and suggestions for those who don’t have stand desks, by clicking here.
Sleep: We’ve focused, in other Weekend Polls, on whether you’re getting enough sleep – or if you find yourself counting sheep, and/or napping during your commute. The results were rather disturbing. In response to my August 2016 poll, less than 21% of respondents reported that they get enough sleep. Only 11.5% reported that they typically get more than seven hours of sleep on a weeknight, and only 15.69% of respondents reported that they feel refreshed when they wake.
Technology: We also touched on use of technology – televisions, smartphones, laptops, computers and other hardware – in the last hour before people call it a night, and I think we generally recognise that this has an adverse impact on sleep. That particular Weekend Poll wasn’t all bad news; readers were generous in sharing routines they’ve adopted to support a good night’s sleep. Click here if you’d like to look at the results and readers’ suggestions.
That oft-elusive work:life balance has also been the topic of one of my Weekend Polls. Last November, 44% of readers responding to my second annual version of this particular poll reported that they feel they have this balance under control – more than double the percentage of respondents who felt that way when I asked that question in 2015. 60% of last year’s respondents reported that their office culture supports a healthy work:life balance.
Not alone in thinking about wellness
I know I’m not the only one interested in such topics. In Norway, Real Careers alumna Julia Schmidt is definitely paying attention to the matter of workplace wellness.
Julia has created a Facebook site, Organizational Health and Wellbeing for Assistants, and has asked me to tap into this global community of readers to get your thoughts on the matter. That leads us to the topic of this Weekend Poll …
Do you take responsibility for wellness in the workplace?
Please take a couple of minutes to complete the poll below. As always, I look forward to hearing what you have to say and will publish the results on Tuesday.