If you are a business owner or manager of people, you know that things post-COVID are different. People are more aware of their mental health and the things that they need to do to maintain balance in their lives. More and more people are concerned about creating healthy habits to feel better, move better, sleep better, and work better.
There are several things you can do and provide in and out of the office to help your employees and coworkers find that balance. And the good news is that it doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. There are plenty of things that you can offer to help people improve their health and well-being.
With the help of technology, you and your team can sneak bits of self-care into the workday (and pre- and post-workday) to allow for more of that balance we are all searching for.
Why Balance Is Vital
Balance is something we all desperately need to regain some control over our health because the facts surrounding our mental health are staggering.
- According to recent estimates from Johns Hopkins Medicine, one in four U.S. adults (26%) “suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year.”
- However, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), only 47.2% of U.S. adults with mental illness received treatment in 2021.
- According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 5% of adults suffer from depression globally, and depression affects more women than men.
How Tech Can Help
It isn’t necessary to carve out one-hour chunks throughout the day to gain more mental space. With wifi, you and your team can maintain balance throughout the day.
If you have given your team the option to work from home (or anywhere), they aren’t attached to a physical cord in the wall, giving them the freedom to work from a favorite location. And when they’re off the clock, wifi connects them to the people they love with apps like FaceTime.
Integrated phone services with software capabilities allow businesses to archive phone data, making it accessible on the go. Backup and disaster recovery services securely store cloudbased backups of business data — everything from email communications to legal documents, financial records, and customer information — no matter where the office or workforce is located. These services allow employees to take calls and manage workflow from anywhere, so your business doesn’t miss a beat.
You and your team can also do many things at home, in the car, and at work that can improve your mental wellness without breaking the bank or taking up too much time. And since physical health is often a determiner of mental health, packing a reusable water bottle, a healthy snack, and a pair of tennis shoes is a great start to supporting both. Encourage drinking plain water throughout the day, lacing up the shoes for a few 5-minute walks during the workday, and enjoying that healthy snack during the dreaded 3 p.m. slump.
Life is busy. And it most likely always will be. But we now know that chronic stress and cortisol production slowly eat away at our health and well-being. Consistency creates change, and healthy changes and access to the latest tech tools can add up to significant lifestyle changes, which can create long-term health for your whole team. Though the obligations of work are ever-present, when health and well-being increase, it allows your team to focus better and execute life better.
At Applied Innovation, we value your mental health and your productivity. We’re always available to support your unique technology, imaging, or automation needs. Applied Innovation experts are just a call, click, or visit away with offices in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and Tampa, Florida. Contact one of our consultants today to see how we can partner with your business and make your life a little less stressful!