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Zoomed-out?Reconnect in the great outdoors

In an era of busy ever-connected lives, those few moments of in-person interaction with colleagues has never been more important. COVID-19 is making us think about the effect technology can have on wellbeing and this has driven the importance of human connection at work to the forefront.

  • According to the latest study data, levels of wellbeing in the UK are at their worst point ever. There’s a strong link between COVID-19 and negative aspects of wellbeing for some groups, with women and ethnic minorities experiencing worse symptoms than men.
  • – Key workers are reporting higher levels of happiness and also higher levels of anxiety than other minor workers.
     

More and more organisations are focusing on staff wellbeing these days, as many companies are looking to revitalise and recover after the economic downturn. Businesses are finding new ways to revitalise their leaders and motivate their teams who’ve been sitting in the office all day. One way is by getting everyone out in the fresh air where they can socialise whilst being safe.

Why is connection important?

Social interactions are an essential part of well-being. Which in turn has a positive influence on employee engagement. Companies with more engaged employees saw the following benefits: lower business costs, improved performance outcomes, lower staff turnover and absenteeism, and fewer safety incidents.

During recent panics, many organisations have turned to Zoom and other online platforms as a way of doing business. However, with the reduced level of social interaction, many individuals are missing out on the social aspects that come when they’re in the office – whether it be quick chats at the water cooler or over coffee. This is especially the case for commuters who may have no free time to themselves whilst on the go.

Taking a break to enjoy the outdoors is an excellent form of exercise.

The Japanese have know for years that taking time to be mindful in nature is good for your mind and body. Western doctors agree that outdoor activities are a good way to combat depression and anxiety. One of the benefits of spending time outdoors is that it can help you and your employees escape from the daily grind. For this reason, organisations are creating retreats in nature to allow people to attend trainings for their wellbeing and reconnect them with their inner selves.

Plants have been used for aeons to heal illnesses and remain present in many cultures around the world. Harvard scientist, Dr Eva M Selhub, has claimed that “nature is just like a drop of morphine to the brain” because it stimulates pleasure circuits that release dopamine – which lowers cortisol levels.  When people are less stressed, they can focus more and become more productive. Office spaces have taken up a lot of the outdoors, and this can actually reduce physical activity at work. Companies are taking more creative approaches to increasing wellbeing by using more of their office spaces as well as environmental changes outside the office.

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